Cageside Ultrasonography in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2020 Nov;50(6):1445-1467. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2020.07.013. Epub 2020 Sep 7.


Global Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) and point-of-care ultrasonography carry the potential to screen for and monitor conditions rather than traditional means without ultrasonography. Advantages include being point of care, cageside, low impact, rapid, safe, and radiation sparing, and requiring no shaving and/or minimal patient restraint. Moreover, information is real time for free fluid and soft tissue abnormalities of the abdomen, heart, and lung, which are missed or only suspected by physical examination, basic blood and urine testing, and radiography. A standardized approach with recording of patient data is integral to a successful Global FAST program.

Keywords: AFAST; Point-of-care ultrasonography; TFAST; Vet BLUE.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Dogs
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Hospitals, Animal*
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Ultrasonography / veterinary*