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Prospective evaluation of non-radiologist performed emergency abdominal ultrasound for haemoperitoneum
  1. A Brooks1,
  2. B Davies1,
  3. M Smethhurst2,
  4. J Connolly2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Accident and Emergency, Queens Medical Centre
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr A Brooks
 Department of Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK;

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Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is a technique developed principally for non-radiologists1,2 for the ultrasound assessment of abdominal trauma. FAST is based on the principle that haemoperitoneum collects primarily in three dependent regions: perihepatic, perisplenic, and pelvis. These regions are sequentially assessed for blood together with a pericardial view to detect cardiac tamponade. Positive findings augment the clinical assessment and may expedite the appropriate management of the trauma patient. Previous studies have predominately been undertaken in busy American trauma centres and data on the value of non-radiologist performed FAST in a British accident and emergency (A&E) department are limited to date.3

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