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The use of bed-side ultrasound is growing — but are ERs ready?

from By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani

Ultrasonographic investigation — in its traditional approach — involves many steps and multiple professionals, including radiologists and certified sonographers. This approach might not be necessarily helpful for critically-ill patients and immediate patient management. However, recent technological advances in ultrasonography, inherent safety, relative ease of use and portable machines capable of producing high-quality imaging have made it an invaluable point-of-care tool. Acute-care physicians can effectively use ultrasonography to provide important clinical information with a large impact on rapid assessment of critically-ill patients, as well as for patient care and relatively safe invasive procedures. more


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