Over the last 2 decades, the use of ultrasound by emergency clinicians, as well as other specialists at the point of care, has become increasingly common. Emergency ultrasound can be used as a diagnostic test and also to visualize anatomy for procedural guidance. It allows the emergency clinician to rapidly rule in or rule out disease processes and guide ongoing investigation and management of patients in the emergency department (ED). It is a skill required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for emergency medicine residency training,1 and it is supported by many organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine.
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