Hepatization versus Pseudo-Hepatization

Counter-intuitively, when insonating the lungs of healthy patients, we don’t “see” lung tissue. Instead we see and interpret artifacts arising from the pleural lines and the diaphragm.  These artifacts change with pulmonary disease processes.  In pneumonia, the airway spaces become inspissated with bacterial byproducts and consequently the sonographic appearance of lung tissue changes. The transformationRead more

Back to the Source

With the proliferation of online educational modalities (blogs, educational websites, podcasts, twitter feeds) designed for rapid dissemination and translation of our basic Ultrasound knowledge to the bedsides around the globe, we must occasionally go back to the source – The Scientific Journal. Listed below are several ultrasound-specific journals. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine Cardiovascular UltrasoundRead more

Ultrasound Awareness Month

As a part of Ultrasound Awareness Month we’d like to let providers of all levels know about membership opportunities with national and international organizations. They offer an enormous amount of information for providers at all levels; from the first time Sonographer to the Ultrasound Director and offer forums and support for all your Ultrasound-related endeavors.Read more

Estimations of Gestational Age

Emergency physicians most frequently use pelvic ultrasound to confirm intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) in the setting of  first trimester pregnancy complications. However estimation of gestational age is also described in ACEP’s ultrasound guidelines, and is worth discussing for a few reasons: Patients further along in their pregnancies are making their ways to Emergency Departments and itRead more

The FALLS-protocol

In critically ill septic shock patients, assessments of hemodynamic function, fluid status and improvement of clinical status are challenging.  As a consequence of critical illness and large volume administration of crystalloids as recommended by Early Goal-Directed Therapy, comes the potential of acute (respiratory distress/failure) and long-term sequelae  (ARDS, prolonged endotracheal intubation, anasarca, bedsores, poor IVRead more