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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440856/when-a-cesarean-section-scar-is-more-than-an-innocent-bystander-in-a-subsequent-pregnancy-ultrasound-to-the-rescue
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REVIEW
Divya Singh, Ladbans Kaur
Over the years, cesarean section has played a pivotal role in reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. With the rising trend of this surgery, a substantial number of pregnant women have a cesarean section scar. The scar can serve as the abode of grave conditions in subsequent pregnancies, namely cesarean scar pregnancy, morbidly adherent placenta, and scar dehiscence. Sonography has emerged as a robust tool for the diagnosis of these potentially life-threatening conditions. This review highlights the key sonographic features of various complications that can occur at the cesarean scar site in subsequent pregnancies...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435503/ultrasound-guided-radial-artery-compression-to-assess-blood-pressure
#2
Leonard Bunting, Andrew Butki, Ashley Sullivan
INTRODUCTION: We proposed using compression sonography to observe the coaptation and collapse of the radial artery as a surrogate for automated cuff blood pressures (BP). We hypothesize that the pressure required to achieve coaptation and complete collapse of the artery would correlate to the diastolic and systolic BP, respectively. This pilot study was to assess the feasibility of ultrasound-guided radial artery compression (URAC) for BP measurement and compare patient comfort levels during automated cuff with URAC measurements...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430713/a-national-survey-of-neonatologists-barriers-and-prerequisites-to-introduce-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-neonatal-icus
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Hussnain S Mirza, Gregory Logsdon, Anoop Pulickal, Mark Stephens, Rajan Wadhawan
Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound refers to the use of portable imaging. Although POC ultrasound is widely available to the neonatologists in Australia and Europe, neonatologists in the United States report limited availability. Our objective was to seek the US neonatologists' perception of barriers and prerequisites in adopting POC ultrasound in neonatal intensive care units. An online survey link was sent via e-mail to 3000 neonatologists included in the database maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429475/common-carotid-artery-sonography-versus-transthoracic-echocardiography-for-cardiac-output-measurements-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
#4
Qian-Yi Peng, Li-Na Zhang, Mei-Lin Ai, Li Li, Cheng-Huan Hu, Yan-Xin Zhang, Wei Liu, Qing Feng, Yu Zou, Yu-Hang Ai
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to test the effectiveness of common carotid artery sonography in comparison with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for cardiac output measurements to provide an easier alternative for cardiac output monitoring in the intensive care unit. METHODS: This study included 148 patients who had common carotid artery Doppler examinations and TTE performed within 8 hours of each other, and the cardiac output measurement results were compared with each other...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
#5
Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290966/ultrasound-detection-of-soft-tissue-abscesses-performed-by-non-physician-u-s-army-medical-providers-na%C3%A3-ve-to-diagnostic-sonography
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Mike LaDuke, Jon Monti, Aaron Cronin, Bart Gillum
BACKGROUND: Patients commonly present to emergency rooms and primary care clinics with cellulitic skin infections with or without abscess formation. In military operational units, non-physician medical personnel provide most primary and initial emergency medical care. The objective of this study was to determine if, after minimal training, Army physician assistants and medics could use portable ultrasound (US) machines to detect superficial soft tissue abscesses. METHODS: This was a single-blinded, randomized, prospective observational study conducted over the course of 2 days at a military installation...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261109/the-need-for-standardized-assessment-of-muscle-quality-in-skeletal-muscle-function-deficit-and-other-aging-related-muscle-dysfunctions-a-symposium-report
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REVIEW
Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, Michael O Harris-Love, Iva Miljkovic, Maren S Fragala, Brian W Anthony, Todd M Manini
A growing body of scientific literature suggests that not only changes in skeletal muscle mass, but also other factors underpinning muscle quality, play a role in the decline in skeletal muscle function and impaired mobility associated with aging. A symposium on muscle quality and the need for standardized assessment was held on April 28, 2016 at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this symposium was to provide a venue for basic science and clinical researchers and expert clinicians to discuss muscle quality in the context of skeletal muscle function deficit and other aging-related muscle dysfunctions...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244145/feasibility-and-diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-of-care-abdominal-sonography-by-pocket-sized-imaging-devices-performed-by-medical-residents
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Ingunn E Kjesbu, Christian B Laursen, Torbjørn Graven, Hans Martin Holden, Bjørnar Rømo, Garrett Newton Andersen, Ole Christian Mjølstad, Annmarie Lassen, Håvard Dalen
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the feasibility and diagnostic performance of bedside ultrasound by examination of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and abdominal aorta performed by medical residents with limited experience in ultrasound, on emergency admissions using pocket-sized imaging devices (PSIDs). METHODS: A total of 199 patients admitted acutely to the medical department at the non-university Levanger Hospital, Norway, during the period from April 4 to June 23, 2011, were consecutively included...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240783/applications-of-transcranial-color-coded-sonography-in-the-emergency-department
#9
REVIEW
Pablo Blanco, Michael Blaivas
Transcranial color-coded Doppler sonography is a noninvasive bedside ultrasound application that combines both imaging of parenchymal structures and Doppler assessment of intracranial vessels. It may aid in rapid diagnoses and treatment decision making of patients with intracranial emergencies in point-of-care settings. This pictorial essay illustrates the technical aspects and emergency department applications of transcranial color-coded Doppler sonography, and provides some rationale for implementation of this technique into the emergency department practice...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210364/caudal-edge-of-the-liver-in-the-right-upper-quadrant-ruq-view-is-the-most-sensitive-area-for-free-fluid-on-the-fast-exam
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Viveta Lobo, Michelle Hunter-Behrend, Erin Cullnan, Rebecca Higbee, Caleb Phillips, Sarah Williams, Philips Perera, Laleh Gharahbaghian
INTRODUCTION: The focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) exam is a critical diagnostic test for intraperitoneal free fluid (FF). Current teaching is that fluid accumulates first in Morison's pouch. The goal of this study was to evaluate the "sub-quadrants" of traditional FAST views to determine the most sensitive areas for FF accumulation. METHODS: We analyzed a retrospective cohort of all adult trauma patients who had a recorded FAST exam by emergency physicians at a Level I trauma center from January 2012 - June 2013...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185691/thoracic-ultrasound-technique-applications-and-interpretation
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REVIEW
Suraj H Rambhia, Catherine A D'Agostino, Ali Noor, Robert Villani, Jason J Naidich, John S Pellerito
Thoracic ultrasound is used at the bedside in emergency and critical care settings. Advantages of ultrasound include rapid real-time, low-cost, diagnostic information that can direct patient care without the use of ionizing radiation. We describe methods on how to perform lung ultrasound, with the intent to educate the radiologist who might otherwise be relatively unfamiliar with thoracic sonography. We describe and depict the normal sonographic appearance of lung anatomy. We also show the sonographic appearance of a wide range of lung and pleural pathologies such as pneumonia, pneumothorax, as well as lung and pleural masses...
December 15, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150328/use-of-emergency-ultrasound-in-arizona-community-emergency-departments
#12
Richard Amini, Michael T Wyman, Nicholas C Hernandez, John A Guisto, Srikar Adhikari
OBJECTIVES: Despite the increased educational exposure to point-of-care ultrasound (US) at all levels of medical training, there are utilization gaps between academic and nonacademic emergency department (ED) settings. The purpose of this study was to assess the current practices and potential barriers to the use of point-of-care US in nonacademic EDs throughout the state of Arizona. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study. An online questionnaire was electronically sent to all nonacademic EDs in Arizona...
May 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119013/bedside-sonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-esophageal-food-impaction
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Jennifer Singleton, Jesse M Schafer, Jeremiah M Hinson, Erin M Kane, Sherieka Wright, Beatrice Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Esophageal foreign body (EFB) and impaction are common gastrointestinal emergencies. Detection with standard imaging can be challenging. Computed tomography is a commonly used non-invasive imaging modality, but is not 100% sensitive and not always feasible. Sensitivity of plain film x-ray varies widely and the addition of a barium swallow can obscure evaluation by subsequent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). Use of emergency ultrasound (EUS) for detection of EFB in adults has not been previously studied...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088840/evaluation-of-a-short-term-training-program-in-bedside-emergency-ultrasound-in-southwestern-tanzania
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Mark Shaffer, Heather A Brown, Chloé McCoy, Prosper Bashaka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a short-term training program in emergency ultrasound on physician skills and attitudes in southwestern Tanzania. METHODS: Eight registrar physicians at Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (Mbeya, Tanzania) underwent a 5-day course in bedside emergency ultrasound, focusing primarily on the focused assessment with sonography for trauma examination, including didactic sessions, practical sessions, and on-job training. The impact on ultrasound knowledge was assessed by pretest and posttest evaluations...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072673/the-use-of-ultrasound-measured-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-to-predict-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-failure-in-children
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Sophia D Lin, Kimberly R Kahne, Amira El Sherif, Kevin Mennitt, David Kessler, Mary J Ward, Shari L Platt
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess the accuracy of ultrasound-measured optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) as a screen for ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled a convenience sample of children presenting to the ED with suspected shunt failure. The ONSD was measured by ultrasound and compared with computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (CT/MRI) and neurosurgical impression. We defined shunt failure on ultrasound as an ONSD greater than 4...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072475/safety-of-sulfur-hexafluoride-microbubbles-in-sonography-of-abdominal-and-superficial-organs-retrospective-analysis-of-30-222-cases
#16
Chunlin Tang, Kejing Fang, Yanli Guo, Rui Li, Xiaozhou Fan, Ping Chen, Zhaohui Chen, Qiangwei Liu, Ye Zou
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of the sulfur hexafluoride microbubble contrast agent SonoVue (Bracco SpA, Milan, Italy) and to implement precautions with the intent of further improving the safety of this contrast agent. METHODS: A total of 30,222 patients undergoing contrast-enhanced sonography of abdominal and superficial organs in our hospital from January 2005 to December 2014 were retrospectively investigated. SonoVue was used as the ultrasound contrast agent...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998322/international-federation-for-emergency-medicine-consensus-statement-sonography-in-hypotension-and-cardiac-arrest-shoc-an-international-consensus-on-the-use-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-undifferentiated-hypotension-and-during-cardiac-arrest
#17
Paul Atkinson, Justin Bowra, James Milne, David Lewis, Mike Lambert, Bob Jarman, Vicki E Noble, Hein Lamprecht, Tim Harris, Jim Connolly
Introduction The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Ultrasound Special Interest Group (USIG) was tasked with development of a hierarchical consensus approach to the use of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) in patients with hypotension and cardiac arrest. METHODS: The IFEM USIG invited 24 recognized international leaders in PoCUS from emergency medicine and critical care to form an expert panel to develop the sonography in hypotension and cardiac arrest (SHoC) protocol...
December 21, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974939/prenatal-ultrasound-diagnosis-and-pregnancy-outcome-of-umbilical-cord-knot-debate-regarding-ethical-aspects-of-a-series-of-cases
#18
R E Bohîlțea, N Turcan, M Cîrstoiu
True umbilical cord knot appears to be a relatively common complication that occurs in 0.3%-1.3% of all pregnancies and it is correlated with an increased incidence of SGA infants, premature birth, need for neonatal intensive care and fetal death. The aim of the article was to evaluate the incidence of the true umbilical cord knot in the University Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, for a period of 5 years and its association with premature birth, low birth weight, low Apgar score at 1 minute and the need for neonatal intensive care...
July 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943410/number-of-weeks-rotating-in-the-emergency-department-has-a-greater-effect-on-ultrasound-milestone-competency-than-a-dedicated-ultrasound-rotation
#19
Courtney M Smalley, Molly Thiessen, Richard Byyny, Alyrene Dorey, Bryan McNair, John L Kendall
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound (US) is vital to modern emergency medicine (EM). Across residencies, there is marked variability in US training. The "goal-directed focused US" part of the Milestones Project states that trainees must correctly acquire and interpret images to achieve a level 3 milestone. Standardized methods by which programs teach these skills have not been established. Our goal was to determine whether residents could achieve level 3 with or without a dedicated US rotation. METHODS: Thirty-three first- and second-year residents were assigned to control (no rotation) and intervention (US rotation) groups...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942784/-introduction-of-prehospital-emergency-ultrasound-into-an-emergency-medical-service-area
#20
C Weilbach, A Kobiella, N Rahe-Meyer, K Johanning
BACKGROUND: Emergency ultrasound as part of the provision of emergency medical services using mobile devices offers great benefits regarding to some important questions related to the management of critically ill and injured patients in the prehospital situation where diagnostic resources are limited. The aim of this study is to determine whether the comprehensive introduction of prehospital emergency ultrasound examinations into a German Emergency Medical Services ("rescue services") area is both feasible and beneficial for patients...
January 2017: Der Anaesthesist
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