The introductory video to AAA POCUS for medical students, trainees, and early learners. Start with the fundamentals. Xiphoid to umbilicus, proximal aorta to the bifurcation. Measure the diamter to be less than 3cm and you have ruled out the dreaded AAA. I want to know about the aorta in the older patient with abdominal and back pain. This is so simple, I wish more of my residents did this and told me the results on their initial presentation rather than sending them back to do it.
Great video! Just want to ask please, what is the best technique to get the renal arteries in view so that you are able to tell whether the AAA is infrarenal?
Hi Samuel and thank you. When sliding down the aorta in a transverse plane you will often see the superior mesenteric artery. Below this level I would consider the AAA infra-renal.