POCUS to Diagnosis Gastric Content

Can you stomach it?

By Michael Prats, MD on 05/07/18 06:00 AM

Usually in ultrasound we think of the stomach as something that gets in the way or gives us a false positive LUQ view in the FAST. But what if visualizing the stomach could actually be helpful? In some scenarios, such as prior to anesthesia, sedation, or a procedure, it might be nice to know if the patient has a full stomach with the potential to aspirate. These authors test out the accuracy of POCUS for this purpose in healthy volunteers.