By Michael Prats, MD on 03/13/17 02:00 AM
Kidney stones can be tricky - who needs a CT? Who can go home? (Don't get us started about who needs tamsulosin.) POCUS now plays a key role in the diagnosis and management of these patients. This study takes a look at how well a clinical prediction tool that incorporates a bedside ultrasound can predict the diagnosis of renal colic and the need for intervention.
By Michael I Prats, MD on 02/27/17 01:00 AM
When patients come into the emergency department with vaginal bleeding, they often get a bedside point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to assess if this is an intrauterine pregnancy and to assess fetal viability when possible. We know that finding evidence of an intrauterine pregnancy and finding a fetal heart beat is good news for the pregnancy - but how good? What are the chances that these pregnancies will continue to full term? This paper follows these patients up to find out.
By Michael Prats, MD on 02/13/17 01:00 AM
The FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) is great for picking up free fluid in cases of intraabdominal hemorrhage; however, it is not so good at diagnosing solid organ injury. What about if we add contrast? This articles takes a look at the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in blunt abdominal trauma patients. Is this the next cool thing in trauma diagnostics?