university of washington school of medicine department of emergency medicine


Our ultrasound faculty are committed to educating the next generation of clinicians in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), ongoing research, and improving the care patients with POCUS.


POCUS is clinician performed, bedside ultrasound that is limited, goal-directed and focused. POCUS answers clinical questions in order to guide patient care. A “formal” or comprehensive ultrasound is performed Radiologists, Cardiologists or Vascular specialists  and is intended as a full survey of the organ system in question.


Our physicians use next generation SonoSite and Philips machines for patient care in the Emergency Department. Ultrasound faculty utilize handheld devices, advanced simulation models and volunteers for education and training. Faculty lead POCUS initiatives throughout the School of Medicine for students, residents, fellows, faculty, nursing and advanced practice providers. We work closely with the Washington Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH), with our faculty having been selected as Clinical Director of Image Guided Procedures.

Ultrasound faculty conduct cutting edge research in partnership with other medical disciplines, the UW School of Engineering, and local industry to develop novel devices expanding the possibilities of POCUS. A few research projects include: critical resuscitation in cardiac arrest and trauma, novel applications for mobile ultrasound units in prehospital care, novel treatment approaches for nephrolithiasis, and advanced procedural guidance.