Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Division

The Ultrasound Division exists to promote the use of bedside ultrasound in the evaluation and management of patient in the emergency department. Using portable technology and goal-directed exams, assessment of basic cardiac function, abdominal pain, and thoracic disorders can be made at the bedside. Ultrasound is also widely employed to assist in bedside procedures such as central and peripheral venous access, paracentesis, abscess aspiration, and others.

Bret P. Nelson, MD
Division Chief


Emergency medicine residents undergo a dedicated bedside ultrasound rotation during their intern year, and a course is available for medical students as well. Current ultrasound research in the department focuses on pneumothorax detection, ectopic pregnancy evaluation, and assessment of deep vein thrombosis.