|Blue dot marks tip of IJ. Contrast adjusted to maximize clarity of IJ and tracheobronchial angle. Click on image to enlarge.|
IJ should be pulled back 1-2 cm. Ideal location is at the superior vena cava/atrial junction which is located 3-5 cm below the tracheobronchial angle, a distance which is reproducible in patients despite gender and body habitus.
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