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Five easy-to-master uses for point-of-care ultrasound

Fuller, Fritz, PA-C, MPH&TH; Norman, Francisco, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: December 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 12 - p 48–51
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000526786.04153.5c
Special Topics in Radiology

ABSTRACT Clinicians are increasingly becoming familiar with the value of limited, focused point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) to help answer discrete clinical questions. Ultrasound education is being taught in medical schools and physician assistant (PA) and PA postgraduate programs nationwide. This article introduces five basic POC ultrasound scans that can easily be mastered by practicing PAs.

Fritz Fuller practices emergency medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and with Emergency Services of New England in Windsor, Vt. Francisco Norman is director of emergency ultrasound at the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport, Fla. Both are on the board of directors for the Society of Physician Assistants in Clinical Ultrasound.

Acknowledgment: The authors wish to thank Patrick Ockerse, MD, Ultrasound Czar at the University of Utah's Division of Emergency Medicine for his assistance with this article.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, and Michael D. Overcash, MPAS, PA-C, department editors

Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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