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J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2018 Jan-Mar;11(1):4-9. doi: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_117_17.

Prehospital Ultrasound in Trauma: A Review of Current and Potential Future Clinical Applications.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Department of Emergency Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.


Ultrasound (US) is an essential tool for evaluating trauma patients in the hospital setting. Many previous in-hospital studies have been extrapolated to out of hospital setting to improve diagnostic accuracy in prehospital and austere environments. This review article presents the role of prehospital US in blunt and penetrating trauma management with emphasis on its current clinical applications, challenges, and future implications of such use.


Clinical; emergency medical services; prehospital; trauma; ultrasonography

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