I think it a bit presumuous for someone to state that "no one scans like
that anymore"
as if the physics and ergonomics of ultrasound machines and the anatomical
arrangement of human bodyparts has for some unknown reason changed.

Scanning position debates are a little like the old "which imager is better"
arguments.....the fact is most machines possess more capability than us mere
mortals are able to utilize....much like the difference between a 500 dollar
stereo system and a 5000 dollar one....who is really good enough to tell the
difference and even if you could why, at that level of expertise, would you

With all of the students I've trained during the last 15 years my approach
has been this:

a poor quality test is from an uncomfortable technologist (assuming that
that the basic abilities are present).  I don't care if a tech stands on
his/her head.  If  the tech is comfortable and not having to worry about the
muscles trying to rip out of their skin because of poor ergonomics then they
can relax and concentrate on technique and quality of results.

Bill O'Keefe
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From: Don Ridgway <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Sunday, September 12, 1999 7:08 PM
Subject: Scanning positions

>This isn't what you'd call Earth-shaking, but there's a bit of a bet:
>What position are people taking relative to the patient when scanning
>carotids? I'm still of the old school, sitting behind the patient's head.
>Another tech tells me nobody scans like that any more; he stands at the
>patient's side, facing the patient, much as one would doing an abdominal
>scan but a bit farther toward the head.
>Could I ask for a bit of a survey? There's a lunch riding on this. You can
>reply straight to me so as not to clutter the Flownet up severely:
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>Thanks a ton.
>Don Ridgway
>Grossmont Hospital
>Grossmont College