I feel that the correct position to scan from, is whatever you feel as an individual allows you to complete a thorough and accurate study. I was taught, in a dedicated vascular lab, to scan while sitting beside and facing the patient, this is very comfortable for me, it allows me to have good posture, while keeping my hand steady while lightly resting my arm on the patient (not my weight just my forearm, I was taught that god put that chest their for a reason, so I had a place to rest my arm). While I have scanned from above the patients head, I never felt this allowed me to obtain adequate visualization of the posterior views, or the distal ICA. I also feel I am able to get better leverage with my hand and the transducer, tilting back and forth, for doppler angles especially, when sitting beside the patient. Therefore I feel, and have experienced personally, that I am able to complete a better study form this position. Also, the patients seem to be more comfortable this way, most do not like laying flat. This position allows the patients head to be raised, then I move the pillow down a little so their head is able to tilt comfotably back with their chin raised, to allow for a very nice sized window. ____________________________________________________________________ Get your own FREE, personal Netscape WebMail account today at http://webmail.netscape.com.