university of washington school of medicine department of emergency medicine

About Us

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

What Is POCUS?

POCUS is a clinician performed, bedside ultrasound that is limited, goal-directed and focused. POCUS answers clinical questions in order to guide patient care.

Emergency Ultrasound at the UW

We use next generation devices such as Mindray, SonoSite and Philips in our emergency departments. Ultrasound faculty utilize handheld devices and advanced simulation models for education and training. EM faculty lead POCUS courses throughout the UW School of Medicine for students, residents, fellows, faculty, nursing and advanced practice providers.

Ultrasound faculty conduct cutting edge research in partnership with other medical specialties, the UW School of Engineering, and local industry sponsors to develop novel devices and prototypes that expand the possibilities of POCUS. Current research projects include critical resuscitation in cardiac arrest and trauma, advanced lung monitoring devices, novel applications for mobile ultrasound units in prehospital care, novel treatment approaches for nephrolithiasis, and advanced procedural guidance.