But what about non-traditional uses? As the practice of ultrasound evolves it is benefiting from the creative use of angles, frequency and positions thought up by smart techs. All done in the name of getting that ideal image that helps with a diagnosis. Interested in a little out-of-the-box ultrasound thinking? Here it is…
You’ll Be Surprised By What You See…
1. CROWN RUMP LENGTH
A 7-9 MHz linear transducer is commonly used in the 11-13 week NT Scan to assess the nuchal thickness of a fetus, and it can also help out on a routine OB under scan to provide a clearer image for measurement of the CRL or to assess for pathology.
What is predominantly in the LLQ? Some lovely large intestine, that’s what. And a pathology commonly affecting the colon in that area is diverticulitis, the inflammation of bowel diverticulum (by the way, let’s all eat more fiber to help prevent this!) which can be imaged with high frequency linear ultrasound.
If you are not familiar with what an inflamed diverticulum looks like check out ultrasoundcases.info in their Abdomen Folder for teaching cases and examples. It’s pretty neat to see and you’ll be helping someone out who may need treatment for this affliction.
3. Adventurous Ovaries
Up there they often sit quite superficially among the bowel and are more clearly imaged with a linear transducer instead of a curved one. So the next time you have trouble finding a little ovary down in the pelvis try looking up a little higher, you might be surprised by what you can find up there.