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Left Ventricle Ejection Fraction (LVEF)

Rapid Summary
5 Minute Video

Where to put the probe:

• Use Parasternal Long Axis (PLAX) as primary view
• Visualize PLAX as having 3 columns
• Break view generation into 3 steps:

os-PLAX-on-left-side-window-shopping
os-PLAX-window-shopping

1. Window shopping:

• Indicator to right shoulder
• Move probe in arc to find best window

os-PLAX-on-left-side-fan
us-fan-for-the-middle

2. Fan for the middle (valves)

• Tilt/fan probe until valves are maximally opened

os-PLAX-on-left-rotate
us-rotate-for-the-sides

3. Rotate for the sides (LV)

• Keep angle from Step 2
• Rotate to maximally elongate the left ventricle

Where you put the probe:

  • Use Parasternal Long Axis (PLAX) as primary view
  • Visualize PLAX as having 3 columns
  • Break view generation into 3 steps:

1. Window shopping:

• Indicator to right shoulder
• Move probe in arc to find best window

os-PLAX-on-left-side-window-shopping
os-PLAX-window-shopping

2. Fan for the middle (valves)

• Tilt/fan probe until valves are maximally opened

os-PLAX-on-left-side-fan
us-fan-for-the-middle

3. Rotate for the sides (LV)

• Keep angle from Step 2
• Rotate to maximally elongate the left ventricle

os-PLAX-on-left-rotate
us-rotate-for-the-sides

Findings