Next generation in ultrasound imaging to assess upper airway
Miguel Ángel Fernandez-Vaquero 1 , Ernesto Delgado-Cidranes 2 , Robert Greif 3
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is well established in anesthetic practice but underused for and during airway management. In addition to 2D images, three/four Dimensional (3D/4D) ultrasound technology provides clearer and more accurate imaging for airway, and additional visual information to diagnose potential pathological conditions more efficiently.1
Moreover, POCUS facilitates rapid screening for possible difficult laryngoscopy2 and identification of the cricothyroid membrane.3
We present a complete four-step upper airway assessment in 2D (Column 1) images and the correspondence with 3D/4D images (Column 2), and the position for ultrasound probe (Column 3).