This PEM 4 Breakdown summarizes the highlights of our most recent ultrasound conference. With help from our ultrasound guru Dr. Ted Brenkert, we will discuss pitfalls of the FAST exam and how to improve your image acquisition. Thanks to Dr. Brenkert for providing us these images and guidance on how to make them better!!
Here is an image of the RUQ. What is the problem with this image, and what do you need to do to improve your view?
If you need a hint, here is the LUQ view with the same problem!
The probe is too anterior in this RUQ and LUQ view.
The fix here is to sweep or slide the probe more posterior (towards the bed). In this LUQ image, you can now see both the spleen and kidney to evaluate the splenorenal recess, spleen tip, and the subphrenic space. The same fix applies to the RUQ view.
An images of the RUQ is below. Again- what is the issue with this image, and what is the fix?
How about these RUQ and LUQ images- what are we missing here?
Our final FAST Pitfall- what is the problem with this image of the bladder?