The ultrasound Suprasternal Notch View offers a long-axis view of the thoracic aorta including the ascending aorta, the 3 main branches of the aortic arch (the brachiocephalic trunk, left common carotid artery, and left subclavian), and the descending aorta. This view is especially useful when evaluating for a thoracic aortic aneurysm or Type A aortic dissection.
Step 1: Select your Probe.
- Use a Phased Array probe in Cardiac mode. The small footprint of the Phased Array probe allows you to go through the small space of the sternal notch.
Step 2: Position your Patient.
- Your patient should be supine with their neck extended (see below).
- *Placing a pillow under the patient’s shoulders can be helpful.