Focused assessment with sonography for trauma: methods, accuracy, and indications

Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;91(1):195-207. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2010.10.008.


Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is an invaluable adjunct in the management of trauma patients for detection of free intra-abdominal and pericardial fluid. Over the past 2 decades, the use of this technique has increased significantly. This article reviews the clinical application and future direction of FAST.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Abdominal Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Echocardiography
  • Humans
  • Peritoneal Cavity / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Ultrasonography / methods*