James has been practicing Emergency Medicine ultrasound for 15 years. Within this field his particular interests are in vascular access, assessment of undifferentiated shock, early pregnancy assessment and management, and teaching. He is particularly well known for his innovative ultrasound teaching techniques. As well as numerous courses, he runs a 2 year ultrasound fellowship in Perth, Western Australia. He is also an examiner for the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU).
SonoBYTE: Mitral Valve Magic
The appearance of high quality hand held ultrasound machines mean we will all have imaging available at our finger tips. This talk details a personal study on the impact this can have on families. It also outlines the frequency of incidental findings and raises questions regarding the risk:benefit ratio in the discovery of an incidental finding. The financial and emotional costs of incidental findings are also enormous. For those practicing POCUS – the simple single question focused form of bedside ultrasound – one should remain focused and not be distracted by incidental findings you are not qualified or taught to recognise. Communication regarding the limitations of your scan are far more important. In those with advanced ultrasound education identification and further consideration of incidental findings is appropriate.