Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma


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Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma

  1. 1. Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma FAST
  2. 2. FAST Portable Rapid Non-invasive Repeatable Cost-effective
  3. 3. FAST Minimal amount of fluid in abdomen detectable by USG ~ 200 - 650ml High sensitivity in detecting haemoperitoneum (63 - 100%) High specificity in detecting haemoperitoneum (96 - 99%) Low sensitivity in detecting specific organ lesions (<50%) Sensitivity may improve with contrast
  4. 4. FAST 4 views – RUQ – Pelvis – LUQ – Subcostal cardiac - for haemoperitoneum
  5. 5. FAST Posterior peritoneum and reflections, indicating potential sites of intra-abdominal fluid localization and spread.
  6. 6. FAST 4. Cardiac 2. LUQ 1. RUQ 3. Pelvis Location of probe placement for the trauma examination.
  7. 7. FAST 1. RUQ Normal RUQ scan
  8. 8. FAST Abdominal CT with fluid in Morison’s pouch, demonstrating the ultrasound beam planes for different body placement sites.
  9. 9. FAST 2. LUQ Normal LUQ scan
  10. 10. FAST 3. Pelvis Normal male pelvis, transverse view
  11. 11. FAST 3. Pelvis Normal male pelvis, longitudinal view
  12. 12. Haemoperitoneum - RUQ Small wedge of hypoechoic blood between liver and kidney.
  13. 13. Haemoperitoneum - LUQ Free fluid (blood) in spleno-renal recess
  14. 14. Haemoperitoneum - Pelvis Transverse pelvic view demonstrating a small amount of blood in the Pelvis
  15. 15. Sonographic Pitfalls Free fluid in pelvis will often be missed without a full bladder – Sensitivity improved from 63% to 79% with full-bladder technique (McGahan et al)
  16. 16. Sonographic Pitfalls Sonography can miss important organ injury that will require surgery – Dolich et al reported 43 patients with false-negative sonographic findings, of which 10 (33%) required surgery – Shanmuganathan et al: 467 patients with organ injuries; 157 (34%) had no free fluid on USG; 26 of these 157 required surgery – USG: triage for unstable patient – CT still needed if intra-abdominal injury (IAI) is suspected
  17. 17. Sonographic Pitfalls Sonography is limited or unable to show certain types of injuries – Spinal and pelvic fractures – Diaphragmatic ruptures – Vascular injuries – Pancreatic injuries – Adrenal injuries – Some bowel and mesenteric injuries
  18. 18. Free Fluid Scoring Systems Huang at al: – each ‘>2mm fluid pocket’ score 1; – score > 3 = surgery McKenney et al: – vertical height of fluid in cm added – score > 3 = ↑ need of surgery
  19. 19. Free Fluid Scoring Systems Sirlin et al: fluid in each anatomic region = 1 point Score IAI (%) Surgery (%) 0 1.4 0.4 1 59 13 2 85 36 3 83 63 Conclusion: an increase in the amount of free fluid raises the likelihood of major IAI
  20. 20. Solid-Organ Injuries Rothlin et al reported sensitivity of 41.4% McGahan et al reported sensitivity of 41% Stengel et al showed that injuries were more easily detected with a 7.5 MHz linear probe than with a 3.5 MHz convex probe
  21. 21. Solid-Organ Injuries A diffuse heterogeneous pattern predominant in splenic lacerations A discrete hyperechoic pattern most often in hepatic lacerations Subcapsular splenic haematomas are shown as either hyperechoic of hypoechoic rims Severe kidneys injuries show a completely disorganized pattern
  22. 22. Splenic Laceration Sonography of LUQ shows splenic lacerations confirmed by CT
  23. 23. Renal Laceration A renal laceration at the mid-pole of Right Kidney with huge anterior perinephric haematoma
  24. 24. Clinical PEARLS Trendelenberg’s position Scan the liver tip for small volume haemoperitoneum Repeat the scan if suspicious Fill the bladder by foley Lower the gain for pelvic scan Clot can be echogenic Look for acute angles = free fluid
  25. 25. Paracolic Gutters Views Time consuming Skill & experience demanding Minimal increase in sensitivity
  26. 26. Paracolic Gutters Views Transverse right paracolic gutter scan demonstrating free fluid
  27. 27. Paracolic Gutters Views Transverse right paracolic gutter scan demonstrating free fluid
  28. 28. What if USG -ve? Is CT needed? Sirlin 2002 – 4000 patients – 3680 USG -ve – if Fracture or Haematuria → CT • 11% to OR – if no Fracture and no Haematuria → no CT • only 0.1% to OR
  29. 29. FAST 4. Cardiac Normal Subcostal scan
  30. 30. Pericardial Effusion Subcostal short axis with pericardial effusion
  31. 31. Additional Utilization Haemothorax – anechoic areas above diaphragm – high sensitivity & specificity – reverse Trendelenberg or sitting improve sensitivity – as little as 20 ml may be detected
  32. 32. Haemothorax Small right pleural collection
  33. 33. Haemothorax Diaphragm Large left haemothorax
  34. 34. Additional Utilization Pneumothorax – lost of ‘sliding’ sign – lost of reverberation artifact – other artifacts: ring-down artifact; ?comet tail artifact – M-mode and Power Doppler may help Rib fracture – disruption of cortex
  35. 35. The End