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Overview of common errors and pitfalls to avoid in the acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound imaging of the abdominal aorta

Authors Lema PC, Kim JH, St James E

Received 24 June 2017

Accepted for publication 11 September 2017

Published 9 October 2017 Volume 2017:5 Pages 41—46


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Rahmi Oklu

Penelope C Lema, Janice H Kim, Erika St James

Department of Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, USA

Abstract: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) occur when the aorta diameter is >3 cm (30 mm). Ruptured AAA has a high mortality rate. Ultrasound is the imaging modality of choice to screen for this vascular disease. There are many common errors and pitfalls in the acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound imaging of the abdominal aorta, such as measurement errors and variations in technique, misdiagnosis errors, difficulty with visualization of the aorta and a wide range of sonographer experience. We review the common errors and pitfalls to recognize and avoid in ultrasound imaging of the abdominal aorta.

Keywords: ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm, AAA, pitfalls and errors, imaging technique

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