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Dealing with the wait list
We have all been there… It’s another day of a growing number of referrals and fewer staff to get the work done. We are already working through lunch, and squeezing in the extra inpatient that the wards are screaming for. Despite this, we just aren’t winning – more tests are ... read more
“Hello my name is Miriam, and I am a Cardiac Physiologist”.
When I first heard about the #HelloMyNameIs campaign about 12 months ago, I thought it had to be a joke. Surely healthcare workers weren't actually treating patients or performing tests on patients without even introducing themselves! As cardiac sonographers, had we become so focused on completing the work-list or running ... read more
Are thick LV walls the same as LV hypertrophy??
Measuring left ventricular size and wall thickness is a standard part of the routine echo examination. There are normative values for LV wall thickness, and the trainee sonographer is taught basic pattern-recognition in the early phases of training to identify patients with left ventricular hypertrophy. It is often assumed that ... read more
The Golden Rule for Obtaining an On-Axis Image
Imaging the heart on-axis is possibly the most important (and difficult) task for a cardiac sonographer. Foreshortened or off-axis images provide a “false story” of the heart which can result in wall motion (and function) looking more vigorous than it really is. We may miss something completely, all just because we aren’t slicing ... read more