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?
By Michael Prats, MD on 09/12/16 02:00 AM
The left upper quadrant view in the FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) exam can be difficult to get just right. This paper examines how important it is in finding intraabdominal free fluid. The authors reviewed FAST exams to determine how often there is free fluid only in the left upper quadrant. Also, they looked to see which part of the left upper quadrant free fluid went to most often. Spoiler alert: its not the subphrenic space!