Bedside ultrasound procedures: musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal

Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2016 Apr;42(2):127-38. doi: 10.1007/s00068-015-0539-3. Epub 2015 Jun 10.


The widespread availability of ultrasound (US) technology has increased its use for point of care applications in many health care settings. Focused (point of care) US is defined as the act of bringing US evaluation to the bedside for real-time performance. These images are collected immediately by the practitioner, allowing for direct integration into the physician's medical decision-making process. The real-time bedside diagnostic ability of US becomes a key tool for the management of patients. The purpose of this review is to (1) provide a general description of the use of focused US for bedside procedures; (2) specify the indications and common techniques used in bedside US procedures; and (3) describe the techniques used for each bedside intervention.

Keywords: Point of care ultrasound; Ultrasound; Ultrasound procedures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Decision-Making
  • Early Medical Intervention / methods
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Ultrasonics / methods
  • Ultrasonography* / instrumentation
  • Ultrasonography* / methods
  • Wounds and Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries* / diagnostic imaging