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A Quick Look Into the Future: Focused Cardiovascular Ultrasound (FCU)

Wanderer, Jonathan P. MD, MPhil; Nathan, Naveen MD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001924
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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (

The Infographic is composed by Jonathan P. Wanderer, MD, MPhil, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (, and Naveen Nathan, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (

Illustration by Naveen Nathan, MD.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Focused cardiovascular ultrasound has been made feasible by recent technological advances in ultrasound that have reduced the cost, size and complexity of performing point-of-care ultrasound examinations. In this infographic, we describe the key functions of ultrasound necessary to perform focused cardiovascular ultrasound, the core ultrasound views needed, and the factors that are influencing its adoption.1,2

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2. Zimmerman JM, Coker BJ. The nuts and bolts of performing focused cardiovascular ultrasound (FoCUS). Anesth Analg. 2017;124:753–760.
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