Bedside biliary ultrasound to evaluate for acute cholecystitis can be accurately performed by emergency physicians. Bedside ultrasound should always be used in the context of the clinical scenario.
Explore This IssueACEP News: Vol 29 – No 11 – November 2010
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Dr. Blackstock and Dr. Wu are alumni of the emergency ultrasound fellowship program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Dr. Lewiss is director of the emergency ultrasound division, Dr. Saul is the division’s fellowship director, and Dr. Bagley was previously the associate fellowship director for the division. Dr. Blackstock is now at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center, and Dr. Wu is now at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Medical editor Dr. Robert C. Solomon is an attending emergency physician at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg, Pa., and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) standards and American College of Emergency Physicians policy, contributors and editors must disclose to the program audience the existence of significant financial interests in or relationships with manufacturers of commercial products that might have a direct interest in the subject matter. Dr. Blackstock, Dr. Wu, Dr. Lewiss, Dr. Saul, Dr. Bagley, and Dr. Solomon have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity. “Focus On: Bedside Biliary Ultrasound” has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME. ACEP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ACEP designates this educational activity for a maximum of one Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he or she actually spent in the educational activity. “Focus On: Bedside Biliary Ultrasound” is approved by ACEP for one ACEP Category 1 credit.