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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2014, Article ID 349797, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/349797
Case Report

A New Biplane Ultrasound Probe for Real-Time Visualization and Cannulation of the Internal Jugular Vein

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 22 S. Greene Street S11C00, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

Received 17 December 2013; Accepted 8 January 2014; Published 13 March 2014

Academic Editors: U. Deveci, S. K. Dube, and J. Malek

Copyright © 2014 Jeremy Kaplowitz and Paul Bigeleisen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Ultrasound guidance is recommended for cannulation of the internal jugular vein. Use of ultrasound allows you to identify relevant anatomy and possible anatomical anomalies. The most common approach is performed while visualizing the vein transversely and inserting the needle out of plane to the probe. With this approach needle tip visualization may be difficult. We report the use of a new biplane ultrasound probe which allows the user to simultaneously view the internal jugular vein in transverse and longitudinal views in real time. Use of this probe enhances needle visualization during venous cannulation.