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Highly Accessed Letter

Is pocket ultrasound ready for prime time?

Benjamin T Galen

Author Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, LMP-1072, P.O. Box 208056, New Haven, CT 06520-8056, USA

Critical Care 2012, 16:436  doi:10.1186/cc11827

See related research by Biais et al.,

Published: 14 November 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

The recent trial by Biais and colleagues adds to a growing body of literature supporting point-of-care ultrasound in the critical care setting [1]. The authors demonstrate that, in the hands of two expert users, a newer pocket-sized device was comparable with conventional ultrasound machines for several key echocardiographic parameters. Clearly in the right hands, the Vscanā„¢ (GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa, WI, USA) is a promising tool, but we must be cautious not to extrapolate these data to non-expert users.