The primary question with biliary ultrasound is that of gallstones – are they present? In the appropriate patient, the YES/NO answer to this can really help guide further care – pursue formal imaging or eliminate the GB from the differential. 2 minute video here.
There are some aspects of lung ultrasound that are difficult. Looking for pulmonary edema is NOT one of them. This can really help in the acutely ill patient or the patient with undifferentiated dyspnea. 2 minute video here.
This is as bread & butter as it gets… Ultrasound is far better than x-ray when you want to find a pneumothorax. I use this most commonly in a hemodynamically UNSTABLE patient when time is the essence. 2 minute video here.
You might think that the clavicle would get in the way of using ultrasound guidance in subclavian central line placement, but it doesn’t… 2 minute video here.
Because the eye is filled with vitreous which is very black on ultrasound, looking for abnormalities like retinal detachment is very simple. 2 minute video here
The optic nerve sheath has been shown to correlate with intracranial pressure. Measuring it is pretty straightforward. 4 minute video here.
Using ultrasound for central line placement IS standard of care. 5minsono video here.