6. Essential Ultrasound Artifacts

Mirror Image Artifact

The mirror image artifact on ultrasound occurs when ultrasound waves encounter a highly reflective surface that is adjacent to air.

The most common instance of this is the pleural-diaphragm interface causing the appearance of “liver” or “spleen” inside the lung. You can also see mirror image artifact when you are performing cardiac ultrasound as the ultrasound waves, approach the pleural-pericardium interface. These are normal findings.

Mirror Image Artifact - Liver, Diaphragm, Lung
Mirror Image Artifact – Liver, Diaphragm, Lung
Ultrasound Artifact - Mirror Image Cardiac
Mirror Image Artifact – Parasternal Long Axis View

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *