Word of the Day: Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia: In Plane-Needle Approach

Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia:  In Plane-Needle Approach

Needle placement in-plane with transducer - Images courtesy of John Antonakakis, MD
Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia: Needle placement in-plane with transducer/sound beam

The in plane or long axis needle approach is the technique used to allow visualization of the needle shaft and tip when performing ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia procedures.

The transducer is positioned over the selected nerve(s).  The needle is placed at the center of the transducer in-line with the ultrasound beam and the trajectory of the nerve bundle.

The transducer is held stationary with the non-dominant hand while advancing the needle using the dominant hand.

The needle shaft and tip are seen as a bright echogenic line.  The nerves are indicated by the yellow arrows.

To learn more about Ultrasound-Guided Anesthesia in plane-needle approach, and how to identify it during ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and nerve block ultrasound courses, check out upcoming ultrasound-guided courses and products at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute.

Needle shaft and tip - Images courtesy of John Antonakakis, MD
Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia: Needle shaft and tip (red arrow), nerves indicated by yellow arrows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of John Antonakakis, MD

 

 

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