Ultrasound artifacts are frequently encountered and can be a source of confusion for interpreting providers. Ultrasound artifacts can be understood with a basic understanding of the ultrasound physics we just discussed pertaining to reflection, refraction, and attenuation.
The ability to recognize and fix correctable ultrasound artifacts is important for getting quality ultrasound images and optimizing the care of your patients.
Here are the main ultrasound artifacts we will cover:
- Mirror Image Artifact
- Acoustic Shadowing Artifact
- Posterior Acoustic Enhancement
- Edge Shadowing Artifact
- Reverberation Artifact
- Comet Tail Artifact
- Ring Down Artifact
- Side Lobe Artifact