Category Name: ultrasound

clinical cases

Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis

When a young female patient threatens to 'knock you out' for exposing her to CT radiation, you are left with only one option for visualizing and extracting a pleural effusion.

practice updates

Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest

What if there was a way to better visualize the heart during cardiac arrest? What if you could see something on the ultrasound screen that triggered a specific, critical, and time-sensitive intervention? According to the 2008 ACEP Ultrasound Guidelines, as well as Matt and Mike from the Ultrasound podcast, that emerging emergency ultrasound application is…


Shoulder Ultrasound: Intra-Articular Injection and Reduction

"One systematic review found intra-articular injections to be as safe and effective as procedural sedation for bedside shoulder reductions" Last month Tyler Dschaak, MD told us about using ultrasound to diagnose a septic hip. Today's post is on the utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of shoulder dislocations.


Hip Ultrasound and Arthrocentesis

"Emergency physicians with ultrasound training have been shown to be capable of visualizing effusions of the hip with a sensitivity between 80-85% and specificity between 98-100%"Tyler Dschaak, MD provides a brief overview of hip ultrasound in the ED, including diagnosis of effusions and arthrocentesis.