That does seem to generally be true, people with a general background scan carotids facing the patient, I did my training with vascular techs who scan from behind the patient, so that’s what I do (if possible). There are exceptions to every rule though.
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Subject: How do you scan carotids?
As a general sonographer who does some vascular work (mostly carotids,
DVT's and UE venous), I was taught to scan carotids from the patient's right
side. It's been my observation that most general sonographers scan
carotids from the patient's right side, while those working in dedicated
vascular labs tend to scan carotids from the patient's head. I'm
wondering if that's generally true across the U.S.
Would love to hear how you scan carotids and if you're in a general (radiology-based lab) or in a dedicated vascular lab.
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