Hi Don,

I have been very fortunate to have a large room in which to do my carotid exams.  I basically sit at the head of the streatcher and rest my arm while doing the exam.  I feel I have more transducer control and less shoulder strain this way.  Of course, for portable all bets are off.  Just get the scan any way you can.  I do think the best scan is one where the tech is comfortable.

Hope this helps.

Mandy Kardas, RVT
Twin Falls, ID

-----Original Message-----
From: Don Ridgway [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 1999 8:24 PM
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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