Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults

Publication Date: January 1, 2019
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Key Points

Descriptions of transducer movements to optimize the image:

Tilt: The transducer maintains the same axis orientation to the heart but moves to a different imaging plane.
Sweep: Multiple transducer movements are used to record a long video clip to show multiple anatomic structures.
Rotate: The transducer maintains a stationary position while the index marker is moved to a new position.
Slide: The transducer moves across the patient’s skin to a new position.
Rock: Within the same imaging plane, the transducer changes orientation either toward or away from the orientation marker.
Angle: The transducer is kept at the same location on the chest, and the sound beam is directed to show a new structure.
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Performing a Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiographic Examination in Adults

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