UMEM Educational Pearls

With the low supply of IV contrast for CT’s remember that you can use your friendly ultrasound to help you diagnose a wide range of pathology. Most often there is a HIGH SPECIFICITY (so if you see it, it is probably there but not a rule out test). Over the next week we will look at  5 cases where residents have diagnosed cool pathology using ultrasound. Just remember that with great power, comes great responsibility



  • Ultrasound has a reported high specificity (97.9) for acute appendicitis in moderate to high pre-test probability of patients.

  • Let’s give a shout out to Reed Macy, who diagnosed appendicitis in a male with vomiting and abdominal pain!