Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 38, Supplement 4, pp 679–684 | Cite as

Bedside pediatric emergency evaluation through ultrasonography

  • Ann M. DietrichEmail author
  • Brian D. Coley


Bedside US has emerged as a valuable technology for the emergency department physician. It impacts clinical decision-making and the safety of procedures, and it decreases the time and increases the efficiency for completion of procedures. The portability, accuracy and noninvasive nature of US make it an ideal tool for the trained clinician. Bedside US can improve clinical decision-making for the pediatric patient by helping the clinician to identify critical pathology, direct therapeutic maneuvers and determine the futility of resuscitations. Many pediatric procedures, such as vascular access, lumbar puncture and bladder catheterization, are typically performed blindly. Bedside US enhances the success of procedures, minimizes complications and limits the number of attempts necessary to complete a procedure. Bedside US can be a valuable adjunct for complicated and time-sensitive disease processes such as ectopic pregnancy, testicular torsion and hypovolemia by providing information to guide diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that subsequently improve outcomes.


Bedside ultrasonography US guidance Vascular access Lumbar puncture Focused sonography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quality Improvement and Risk Management, Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s HospitalOhio State University College of MedicineColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Section of Ultrasound, Department of Radiology, Nationwide Children’s HospitalOhio State University College of MedicineColumbusUSA

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