As I read Don's query it was free of value judgements. The
tenor of replies on flownet suggest otherwise.
I am an Australian Medical Imaging Technichian (we used
to be Radiographers-your RT equivalent) with a post graduate qualification in
vascular ultrasound. In our country people come into non-invasive vascular
assessment from a variety of backgrounds. Medical imaging, nursing and medical
science are most common professions from which vascular technologists are
In Australia technicians from an imaging background tend to
examine carotids from the patient's side.
Those that are older and come from a nursing or science
background are more likely to examine from the head of the patient. Good
technicians use whichever position provides them with the most accurate
Either position, head end or side of couch, left or right
hand, sitting, supine or even on occasions standing are all scanning techniques
that are appropriate to the individual technician or the
The aim is a quality scan performed in a fluent