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Ultrasound imaging enhances the physician’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat emergency patients. As these are often time-dependent studies in acutely ill or injured patients, the emergency physician is in an ideal position to use this technology. Focused ultrasound examinations provide immediate information and can answer specific questions about the patient’s physical condition. Such bedside ultrasound imaging is within the scope of practice of emergency physicians.
Therefore the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) endorses the following principles.