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How to Perform a Small Animal Abdominal FAST Exam and Avoid Common Mistakes

An abdominal FAST exam provides real-time information about free fluid in the abdomen, pericardial and pleural spaces, which are often missed or only suspected through a physical exam, basic blood and urine testing, and even radiography. Ultrasound is now commonly used cage side at the point of care. It’s low impact, rapid, safe, radiation free, requires no shaving, and only minimal patient restraint – all advantages for your critically ill patients.  Although FAST…

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Confirm COVID-Induced Venous Thromboembolic Disease with Handheld Ultrasound

Watching for venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) in emergency rooms is common practice. With the presence of COVID-19, physicians are now reporting more VTEs, particularly in COVID patients in critical care. “One thing of note is that the clots may form directly in the lung of COVID patients,” said Dr. Shane Arishenkoff, an internal medicine physician at…

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Using Handheld Ultrasound to Diagnose Cardiac Complications in a 99-Year-Old Female

An original member of the Clarius medical advisory board, Dr. Shane Arishenkoff was one of the first physicians to use Clarius ultrasound. He routinely uses point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose difficult cases in his position as a general internist and point-of-care ultrasound lead for Vancouver General Hospital’s clinical teaching unit. We recently asked Dr. Arishenkoff to…

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Diagnosing Lung Complications Due to COVID-19 Using Handheld Ultrasound

There are now literally thousands of studies documenting the efficacy of using ultrasound for diagnosing complications related to COVID-19. Although CT combined with a PCR test is likely the best test for confirming COVID, ultrasound is a suitable alternative especially considering that ultrasound is typically easier and faster to access and does not expose the…

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Why Ultrasound Is Becoming the Standard of Care for Orthopedic Medicine

Dr. Alan Hirahara is an orthopaedic surgeon who has been in private practice in Sacramento, California for 20 years. He is an expert in orthobiologics and has been a team physician for Sacramento State and the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A affiliate to the San Francisco Giants). A trailblazer amongst his peers in the United States,…

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5 Reasons Clarius is the Right Choice for Obstetric Point-of-Care Ultrasound Exams

Dr. Fred Ushakov, an expert in Fetal Medicine and Echocardiography, has used dozens of ultrasound systems since he graduated from medical school in the 1980s. He credits the evolution of ultrasound technology with the development of fetal medicine and the early detection of fetal anomalies. “When I started working on ultrasound machines, they were huge…

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[VIDEO] Avoid Systemic Opioids and Improve Postoperative Pain Control with a PEC 1 Block for Shoulder Surgeries

A relatively simple and risk-free procedure, the Pectoral Nerve (PECs) block is widely used to control post-operative pain, particularly following breast surgeries. A 2020 study published by the Department of anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Health Science Center analyzed 19 randomized control trials and concluded: “When compared to general anesthesia with systemic opioids, PECs block…

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[VIDEO] Using Ultrasound to Guide Intra-Articular Injections of the Knee is Gaining Popularity. Here’s why.

Dr. Gregory Hickman, the medical director and anesthesia director at the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Florida recently shared his master tips for performing ultrasound-guided injections during a webinar hosted by Clarius, The Mobile RA: Using Handheld Ultrasound to Guide PEC and Supraclavicular Blocks Plus Intra-Articular Injections. Watch the recording of the full webinar…

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