Ultrasound detection of foreign bodies and procedure guidance

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1997 Nov;15(4):895-912. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70338-2.


As emergency physicians become familiar with the use of ultrasonography, this safe procedure will likely become a standard technique having multiple uses in the emergency department. Ultrasonography assists in foreign body localization and retrieval and is potentially important in applications, such as reliable endotracheal tube placement, visualization of ingested medication, vascular access, and drainage of collected fluids.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drainage
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Emergency Treatment*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Ultrasonography