Hands-Free Continuous Transthoracic Echocardiography: a Contemporary Evolution of the Precordial Stethoscope

Walid Alrayashi, Stephen Kelleher, James DiNardo, Pete Kovatsis, William Clarke, Paul Hickey, Raymond Park
Paediatric Anaesthesia 2021 January 22
Point of care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a rapidly evolving diagnostic modality. Equipment to scan various parts of the body with compact handheld devices is readily available. Surface cardiac ultrasound (US) can be used to rapidly assess volume status, cardiac function, and the detection of pericardial fluid. In the case presented here, we describe the use of a novel, hands-free, biplane, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) probe with a design that provided continuous acquisition of cardiac US images during an operative procedure.

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