Tag Archives: SonoMojo

Getting to the Point of Ultrasound Assisted Lumbar Punctures

The Case

There are a few cases I could talk about… Ultrasound guided LPs have turned out to be a surprisingly useful skill. Lucky for you, I’ve restrained myself.

The first time I heard about ultrasound guided LPs was during a spectacular yearlong ultrasound elective in medical school. I was sitting in the doctor’s pod with THE ultrasound attending of ultrasound attendings. He casually asked “Have you ever heard of ultrasound guided LPs?” Never. “Do you want to see one?” Obviously. He explained how ultrasound guided LPs follow the principle of “Measure twice. Cut once.” He spent a minute (and I mean literally just one minute) visualizing the spinal landmarks and marking them on a somewhat altered, seriously chunky patient. He proceeded to get the LP in one stick! I remember thinking he was a wizard in that moment, a wizard who uses ultrasound to elevate patient care to another level; and that I want to be the badass attending that gets LPs on obese, altered patients in one stick. I had to learn this skill… Continue reading Getting to the Point of Ultrasound Assisted Lumbar Punctures

New SonoMojo Resource: Soft Tissue Ultrasound Cheat Sheet

The latest SonoMojo ultrasound cheat sheet has arrived! The Soft Tissue Ultrasound Cheat Sheet is a brief review of soft tissue ultrasound and it’s applications. Use it to quickly review the essentials before performing a scan or as an overview of soft tissue ultrasound before diving into the Soft Tissue Ultrasound Module.

In case you haven’t heard of “Ultrasound Cheat Sheets”…  they’re all the basic info you need to review before performing (or teaching) a specific ultrasound scan. They are 1-2 pages long and consist of an brief check list of information on the application, image acquisition, and interpretation of a scan.

So be sure check out SonoMojo’s latest addition to the Ultrasound Cheat Sheets Collection,  soft tissue ultrasound!

SonoMojo Featured on Critical Care Practioner Podcast

Hey sono enthusiasts! Exciting news! SonoMojo was recently featured on Critical Care Practioner Podcast! “Episode 37: How to Make Ultrasound Easier” features myself and the SonoMojo site in an episode discussing how to make learning ultrasound easier through #FOAMed resources and strategies for learning ultrasound. I’m so thrilled about the whole experience and getting to work with fellow FOAMer Jonathan Downham. Jonathan is a class act and he’s put together a great episode! Be sure to check it out!

Life in the eFAST Lane: Sonography for Trauma (Part 2)

That’s right! The Life in The eFAST Lane series is back! Last time we reviewed eFAST basics and half of the eFAST technique. Hopefully you’ve been practicing the heart, RUQ, and LUQ scans like my friend below. So without further adieu…. I give you eFAST Part Deux!

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Figure 1 – An eFAST Rockstar in Action

Figure 1 – An eFAST Rockstar in Action

How to Do I Perform an eFAST? (Continued from Part 1)

Pelvis

Probe position

  • Probe marker towards patient’s head (longitudinal view) or towards patient’s right (transverse view).
  • Place the probe just above the pubic symphysis and look for the bladder in men and both the bladder and uterus in women.
    • If it’s not awkward, it’s not right and you’re not low enough.
  • Once you’ve completed the longitudinal view, turn your probe 90° for the transverse view.  Both views should be evaluated to avoid false positives.

Continue reading Life in the eFAST Lane: Sonography for Trauma (Part 2)

FOAMed Ultrasound Curriculum

This curriculum is entirely FOAMed based! That means that all the education provided by these links is free. These resources are from the best of the best in ultrasound, so the education is some of the highest quality available. The curriculum is broken down into sections (like cardiac or procedures) with modules containing a collection of resources for a particular scan. This is by far the most useful SonoMojo resource and my favorite part of the site, so please enjoy! And as always, feedback is welcome!

Ultrasound Basics

Orientation & Ultrasound Resources Module

  • Essential iBooks & Web Resources, Intro to Bedside Ultrasound, Knobology, & Basic Physics

Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Module

  • Physics, Transducers, Modes, Orientation & Resolution, & Artifacts

Focused Ultrasound Exam Modules

Abdominal Ultrasound Module

  • Renal, Appendix,Small Bowel Obstruction, Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen, Bladder, Hernia

Trauma Ultrasound Module

  • eFAST, Advanced Trauma, & SUSS IT

Fluid Responsiveness Module

  • IVC, Carotid VTI, & Integrated Approach

Soft Tissue Ultrasound Module

  • Soft Tissue Infections & Foreign Bodies

Vascular Ultrasound Module

  • DVT, Aorta, & IVC

 Lung Ultrasound Module

  • Lung, Dyspnea, & PE

Cardiac Ultrasound Module

  • Basic Views, LV Function, Wall Motion Abnormalities, Diastology, Pericardial Tamponade, & Transesophageal Echo

Ocular Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Lens Dislocation, Globe Rupture, Retinal Detachment, Vitreous Hemorrhage, Retrobulbar Hemorrhage, & Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter

RUSH Protocol Module

  • Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) Protocol (5 quick scans in a couple minutes for lots of answers… when time counts!)

Female Pelvic Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, First Trimester, Intrauterine Pregnancy Assessment, & Transvaginal Ultrasound

Small Parts Ultrasound Module

  • Testicular, Peritonsilar Abscess, & Thyroid

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Hips, Shoulder, Fractures, & Joint Injections

Pediatric Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Peds ECHO, Pyloric Stenosis, & Intussusception

Useful Ultrasound Protocols Module

  • RUSH Protocol, Echo-Guided Life Support, & Focused Sonography for HIV-Associated TB (FASH) Protocol

Ultrasound Guided Procedure Modules

Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access Module

  • Peripheral IVs, Central Lines, & Arterial Lines

Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks Module

  • Brachial Plexus, Upper Extremity, & Lower Extremity Blocks

More Ultrasound Guided Procedures Module

  • Airway, LPs, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, & Pericardiocentesis

More Topics in Ultrasound Modules

Ultrasound in Medical Education Module

  • Ultrasound in Medical Education

Knowing Your Stuff Module

  • Preventing Errors & Advanced Physics

SonoMojo Posts

SonoMojo Posts

Focused Ultrasound Posts

Life in the eFAST Lane: Sonography for Trauma (Part 3)

Getting to the Point of Ultrasound Assisted LPs

Life in the eFAST Lane: Sonography for Trauma (Part 2)

Life in the eFAST Lane: Sonography for Trauma (Part 1)

Keeping an Eye on Intracranial Pressure: Detecting Elevated ICP Using Ocular Ultrasound

Ultrasound & Medical Education Posts

Call for Ultrasound Interest Groups!

Learning Ultrasound in Ultrasound Naive Learning Environments

SonoMojo Site Updates

SonoMojo Featured on Critical Care Practitioner Podcast

Focused Ultrasound Exam Modules

Focused Ultrasound Exam Modules

Abdominal Ultrasound Module

  • Renal, Appendix,Small Bowel Obstruction, Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen, Bladder, Hernia

Trauma Ultrasound Module

  • eFAST, Advanced Trauma, & SUSS IT

Fluid Responsiveness Module

  • IVC, Carotid VTI, & Integrated Approach

Soft Tissue Ultrasound Module

  • Soft Tissue Infections & Foreign Bodies

Vascular Ultrasound Module

  • DVT, Aorta, & IVC

 Lung Ultrasound Module

  • Lung, Dyspnea, & PE

Cardiac Ultrasound Module

  • Basic Views, LV Function, Wall Motion Abnormalities, Diastology, Pericardial Tamponade, & Transesophageal Echo

Ocular Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Lens Dislocation, Globe Rupture, Retinal Detachment, Vitreous Hemorrhage, Retrobulbar Hemorrhage, & Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter

RUSH Protocol Module

  • Rapid Ultrasound for Shock and Hypotension (RUSH) Protocol (5 quick scans in a couple minutes for lots of answers… when time counts!)

Female Pelvic Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, First Trimester, Intrauterine Pregnancy Assessment, & Transvaginal Ultrasound

Small Parts Ultrasound Module

  • Testicular, Peritonsilar Abscess, & Thyroid

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Hips, Shoulder, Fractures, & Joint Injections

Pediatric Ultrasound Module

  • Basics, Peds ECHO, Pyloric Stenosis, & Intussusception

Useful Ultrasound Protocols Module

  • RUSH Protocol, Echo-Guided Life Support, & Focused Sonography for HIV-Associated TB (FASH) Protocol