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Video 08-02: Parasternal short axis view (PSSA)

From: Pocket Guide to POCUS: Point-of-Care Tips for Point-of-Care Ultrasound

This parasternal short axis video is taken at the level of the papillary muscles. The crescentic right ventricle can be seen on the left side of the screen. The concentric circle of the LV can be seen in the center of the scree, with the hyperechoic papillary muscles at 5 and 7 o'clock inside the LV. This is a normal heart with a normal ejection fraction. If the transducer is fanned toward the right shoulder (so the tail of the probe is angled toward the left hip), then the mitral valve could be evaluated, followed by the aortic valve. Fanning toward the left hip (tail toward the right shoulder) would allow visualization of the apex.

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