Emergency medicine physicians saving time with ultrasound

Am J Emerg Med. 1996 May;14(3):309-13. doi: 10.1016/S0735-6757(96)90184-9.


In an attempt to provide comprehensive and timely patient care, emergency physicians have begun to use ultrasonography to perform and interpret goal-oriented examinations. Reducing time to diagnosis can potentially have a major impact on the treatment of patients with ruptured ectopic pregnancy, leaking aortic aneurysm, and cardiac tamponade, who require time-sensitive surgical intervention. A review of three cases reveals how ultrasonography performed by emergency physicians can rapidly provide valuable diagnostic information and expedite patient care in three different clinical scenarios.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aortic Rupture / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cardiac Tamponade / diagnostic imaging*
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Medicine / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Ectopic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Time Management
  • Ultrasonography