Images in Anesthesiology  |   August 2016
Ultrasound-guided Vascular Access: Visualizing the Tip of the Needle
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Gálvez: galvezj@email.chop.edu
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Education / Images in Anesthesiology / Radiological and Other Imaging / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring
Images in Anesthesiology   |   August 2016
Ultrasound-guided Vascular Access: Visualizing the Tip of the Needle
Anesthesiology 8 2016, Vol.125, 396. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001049
Anesthesiology 8 2016, Vol.125, 396. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001049
ULTRASOUND (US) devices are widely used to visualize the anatomy for peripheral venous, central venous, and arterial vascular access procedures.1–3  Optimizing the ultrasound image of the needle and its relation to the targeted vascular structure is critical to improve chances of success. It is important to identify the tip of the needle and distinguish it from the bevel. The images demonstrate cross-sectional or transverse ultrasound visualization of the needle tip (fig. E) and bevel (fig. F) located within the vein of a child (fig. D).
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