Emergency Department Ultrasound Case Studies

Emergency Department Ultrasound Case Studies

Emergency Department Ultrasound Case Studies

Emergency Department Ultrasound Case Studies is a case-based presentation designed to review ultrasound characteristics and diagnostic criteria associated with pathology seen in the emergency medicine setting. A variety of case studies will be reviewed including abdominal, cardiac, lung, aorta, ocular, and GYN applications.


  • Tachycardic Trauma Patient with Abdominal Pain
  • Lt Sided Chest Pain w/ Inspiration after MVA
  • Stab Wound Left Chest
  • Syncope and Shortness of Breath
  • Shortness of Breath and Chest Pain
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Hypotension after dialysis
  • Syncope and Hypertension
  • “My Hip Hurts”
  • RUQ Pain
  • Rising B-hCG Levels
  • Loss of Vision in Right Eye


  1. Identify evidence of cardiogenic shock, severe left ventricular dysfunction, cardiac tamponade, and pulmonary embolus
  2. Estimate central venous pressure using inferior vena cava measurements
  3. Demonstrate how to measure and evaluate an aortic aneurysm
  4. Recognize features of a retinal detachment
  5. Evaluate for free intraperitoneal fluid, pericardial effusion, and pneumothorax in a trauma patient
  6. Look for evidence of ectopic pregnancy
  7. Recognize findings consistent with acute cholecystitis

Target Audience:

Physicians, sonographers, and mid-level providers involved with performing ultrasound in an emergency and/or critical care setting.   Physician participants may include (but are not limited to) emergency medicine, critical care, hospitalists, trauma surgery, internal medicine and primary care


Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Associate Program Director
Ultrasound Director
University of South Florida
Emergency Medicine Residency Program

To learn about Emergency Department Ultrasound Case Studies training video head over to: www.gcus.com. Search:    OV-EDCS2 & VL-EDCS2 or Call 727.363.4500.

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