VCU has implemented a curriculum for teaching emergency ultrasound based on those endorsed by both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Residents gain experience in using ultrasound to diagnose hemothorax, pericardial effusion and hemoperitoneum in the context of trauma. The Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma exam is used frequently as part of our trauma workup. Residents will obtain expertise in trans-abdominal sonography (gallbladder, aorta, pelvic pathology) and trans-vaginal ultrasonography, used to assist in the diagnosis of tubo-ovarian abscess, pelvic masses and ectopic pregnancy.
We have eight state of the art ultrasound machines within the Emergency Department used in patient care and resident education.