Biplane Imaging Using Portable Ultrasound Devices for Vascular Access

Cureus. 2021 Jan 7;13(1):e12561. doi: 10.7759/cureus.12561.


The use of ultrasound guidance for the placement of difficult IVs, arterial lines, and central venous access has become the standard of care. While imaging quality has improved over the last two decades, the lack of affordability, availability, and training have been major limitations in its routine clinical use. We detail the first reported use of biplane imaging using a portable ultrasound probe for difficult vascular access to increase first past success, efficiency, safety, and sterility during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Keywords: arterial line; biplane; biplane imaging; critical care; multiple plane; pocus; ultrasound; vascular access; xpane; xplane imaging.

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  • Case Reports