Ultrasound

Find out more and join the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section
This section has been instrumental in developing ultrasound resources for emergency physicians since 1996. For members who want to keep up-to-date on the latest ultrasound issues, especially resident members who can join one section for free, this section is a must.

 

Important ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Documents

Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines - 2008 (PDF)
ACEP clinical policy approved by the Board of Directors, October 2008

Emergency Ultrasound Standard Reporting Guidelines  

Emergency Ultrasound Imaging Criteria Compendium (PDF)
The American College of Emergency Physicians has developed these criteria to assist practitioners performing emergency ultrasound studies for a variety of presenting symptoms.

 

Documents from Additional Organizations

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in the Emergent Setting 
A consensus statement of the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Emergency Physicians

AIUM/ACEP Practice Guideline for the Performance of the Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Examination

SAEM/CORD Consensus Statement on Residency Training in EUS

 

Documents for Starting an EUS Program

Credentialing and Privileging in Emergency Ultrasound
You do have the right to use ultrasound in the emergency department; the trick is making it happen with a minimum of controversy.

How to Set Up an Ultrasound Presence in your ED
Starting a program requires successfully navigating three areas of concern: cultural, technological, and political.

Emergency Department Ultrasound Proposal (Word) 

Ideal Ultrasound Machine Features for the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Environment-2008
A checklist developed by ACEP's Section of Emergency Ultrasound

Template Documents for EUS Program Administration

 

Coding/Reimbursement Documents

Emergency Ultrasound Coding and Reimbursement (PDF)
The goal of this paper is to assist emergency physicians in understanding correct and compliant coding, appropriate documentation, payor policy and issues surrounding claims submission for emergency physician ultrasound examinations they are currently performing or may anticipate performing.

Emergency Ultrasound Coding and Reimbursement Update - 2009 (PDF)
This update from the Emergency Ultrasound Section reviews the significant changes in CPT coding and documentation requirements that have occurred since 2007.

EUS Coding and Reimbursement Update – 2012

ACEP Billing Hassle Log

 

Educational Resources

Sonoguide: Ultrasound Guide for Emergency Physicians
The Sonoguide Web site includes articles, videos, and images for emergency physicians who need training or review for patient diagnosis, management and treatment. The site was developed by members of the ACEP Ultrasound Section.

Online Emergency Ultrasound Exam
A free interactive modular exam covering all of the core applications of Emergency Ultrasound. Video, image and case-based questions for emergency physicians, fellows, residents and students to test their knowledge and understanding of fundamental aspects of Emergency Ultrasound.

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Guidelines - 2011

Appendix: Core Content of Clinical Ultrasonography Fellowship Training

Listing of Emergency Ultrasound Preceptorships

Ultrasound Course Development Guideline Assisting State Chapters  (Word)

 

Related Resources from the ACEP Bookstore

Ultrasonography in Trauma: The FAST Exam

Video Atlas of Abnormal Bedside Ultrasounds on CD-ROM

Emergency Ultrasound, 2nd Ed.

More Ultrasound resources

 

 

Fellowship Listings - EUSfellowships.com

ACEP policy on emergency ultrasound fellowship training

Foley and Lardner Opinion on Medicare X-Ray and EKG Interpretations (PDF)
A legal clarification of contemporaneous interpretations for X-rays and EKGs in the ED

Interpretation of Diagnostic Studies

Images and Case Studies

Ultrasound Images

Case Studies

Video Case Studies

 
 
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