Ultrasound using the transverse approach to the lumbar spine provides reliable landmarks for labor epidurals.

@article{Arzola2007UltrasoundUT,
  title={Ultrasound using the transverse approach to the lumbar spine provides reliable landmarks for labor epidurals.},
  author={Cristian Arzola and Sharon Davies and Ayman Rofaeel and Jos{\'e} Carlos Almeida Carvalho},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 5},
  pages={1188-92, tables of contents}
}
BACKGROUND Ultrasound imaging of the spine has recently been proposed to facilitate identification of the epidural space. In this study, we assessed the accuracy and precision of the transverse approach, using a "single-screen" method, to facilitate labor epidurals. METHODS We enrolled 61 patients requesting labor epidurals. Ultrasound imaging (transverse approach, 2-5 MHz curved array probe) identified the midline, the intervertebral space, and the distance from the skin to the epidural… CONTINUE READING