Emergency Ultrasound

Emergency Medicine - Emergency Ultrasound - Patient Services

Emergency Ultrasound is the use of a portable ultrasound machine by the Emergency Medicine physician staff, brought right to the patient’s bedside to diagnose problems, guide procedures and to steer the overall care of the Emergency Department patients.  At Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we may be able to answer some questions in just minutes with no exposure to radiation or long delays.

The faculty at Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine use Emergency Ultrasound in many different ways right at the bedside:  to examine a critically injured motorcyclist, to check the status of an early pregnancy, or to see if a patient needs immediate surgery.  Each faculty member using ultrasound has dedicated much extra time and effort into learning his or her skills to provide the best, most modern care.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center we teach the physicians of tomorrow the use of Emergency Ultrasound.  You may see our resident physicians and medical students around the Department learning these skills, as in the past they learned to listen to the heart and lungs with stethoscopes or to check reflexes. 

Emergency Ultrasound is not used for all patients and cannot answer all questions.  However, bedside ultrasound helps our Emergency Medicine physicians diagnose and manage illnesses right at the patient’s bedside.  Emergency Ultrasound helps your Emergency Medicine physician diagnose and treat problems and to summon necessary specialists when needed:  Surgeons, Radiologists, Obstetrician/Gynecologists, or Internal Medicine specialists.