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Patients love imaging!

November 7, 2018 0 Comments
Patients love imaging!

A girl in her mid-teens presented with acute suprapubic pain that woke her that morning. It was described as a cramping or burning. It was persistent although not as severe at the time of physician assessment. In fact, it had become rather mild. There was no radiation. She had never had it before. Her last […]

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Lloyd’s Corner: Unusual Lung POCUS

October 31, 2018 0 Comments
Lloyd’s Corner: Unusual Lung POCUS

Here is another cool case from Dr Lloyd Gordon of Humber in Toronto… A 25 year-old man from the Caribbean had one month history of cough, low grade fevers and chest pain. He was seen 2 weeks prior with right-sided chest pain. A POCUS done at the time showed normal lung sliding. He presented via […]

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Cleanliness is next to…

October 7, 2018 0 Comments
Cleanliness is next to…

Every so often, we receive a question regarding endocavitary probe cleaning procedures. So I thought I would post some information regarding our process in Sudbury. In essence, you cannot go wrong if you use the same procedure as your radiology department. Our cleaning process has been stable for many years. We involved different stakeholders in […]

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I’m afraid to do this…

September 8, 2018 0 Comments
I’m afraid to do this…

A young woman presented with four days of a sore throat. Her voice was muffled. She couldn’t open her mouth very wide. She had trouble swallowing her own spit. She had had strep throat a few times. She also had two episodes of peritonsillar abscess in the last two years, one of which required drainage. […]

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Everyone loves a contest :-)

August 28, 2018 0 Comments
Everyone loves a contest :-)

We have toyed with the idea for a while. What if we hold a contest and give away some cool POCUS stuff for free. POCUS is cool! Free is cool! POCUS and free together is super cool!! So that is what we decided to do. This summer we held a contest. The grand prize of […]

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Lloyd’s Corner: Ectopic until proven otherwise

August 27, 2018 0 Comments
Lloyd’s Corner: Ectopic until proven otherwise

Here is a case from Dr Lloyd Gordon from Humber in Toronto: A women in her late 30s presented with a sudden onset of lower abdominal pain that started couple of hours before. She had some sort of ovarian surgery years ago. The LNMP was a week or two ago and she didn’t think she […]

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Winter is coming!

July 26, 2018 2 Comments
Winter is coming!

OK, winter is still far away. But it will unfortunately be here before you know it. Why do I mention that in the middle of a hot summer? Winter is hip fracture season. And hip fractures mean that it’s time to get your ultrasound machine, a needle, local anesthetic, and some other bits of gear […]

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EDE Zen and the Art of POCUS Teaching

June 17, 2018 0 Comments
EDE Zen and the Art of POCUS Teaching

This is for all the POCUS teachers out there… We started the EDE 2 course in February 2009. To be honest, myself and the rest of the team were still figuring out the best way to do the various scans that we taught. We were also improving our bedside teaching. As most of you know, […]

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Incidental POCUS Findings – The Gallbladder

June 4, 2018 0 Comments
Incidental POCUS Findings – The Gallbladder

There’s a whole host of abnormalities that one can find on POCUS. Some of them do not represent an acute problem. Most of them are of a minor nature and quite common, and do not need further imaging. But in a few cases, follow-up elective imaging is required. Here’s an example. This elderly patient presented […]

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The Septal Slap

May 15, 2018 0 Comments
The Septal Slap

I like giving credit where credit is due. But often enough, it is simply not possible. As we learn and teach point-of-care ultrasound, we stand on the shoulders of many unidentified people. Long ago, there were the early scientists who researched sound waves. They discovered that part of the sound spectrum that we now use […]

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