This infographic reviews the basics of mirror artifacts for point-of-care ultrasound. A common artifact seen in ultrasound clinical practice is a “mirror artifact” caused by the reflection of ultrasonic waves. The basics of mirror artifacts:
- Mirror artifacts occur when there is a strong difference in tissue velocity
- When reflective echoes bounce back and forth, the structure is flipped.
- Mirror artifacts are friendly artifacts that let us exclude pleural effusion because of the reflection of the liver’s image through the diaphragm.
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