Internal Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound (IMPoCUS)

Welcome!  If you’re an internist (or one in training) at the University of Utah or beyond, and you’re wanting to develop your point of care ultrasound skills, you’re in the right place.  The content below was developed in collaboration with Drs. Underwood and Carlisle with the hospitalist team at the VA.  If you watch these and think they’re cool, please let me know (!  If you have suggestions for content you’d like to see, let me know.  Now get scanning!



– FoCUS is focused cardiovascular ultrasound, and is an important and valuable application of bedside ultrasound.  In this series of lectures we’ll start with the basics, review normal anatomy, normal images, and the techniques required to create those images.  We’ll then focus on basic assessment of valvular and ventricular function.  We finish with a discussion of FoCUS in the assessment of the unstable patient.

Vascular Ultrasound

– We’ll be ultimately be posting several videos on ultrasound techniques for central venous, arterial, and peripheral vascular access.  We’ll also discuss the use of bedside ultrasound in the diagnosis of DVT, AAA, and carotid stenosis.  DVT is ready to go, tell me what you’d like to see next!

Bedside Lung Ultrasound

– Do your patients have pneumothorax? pleural effusion? pneumonia? pulmonary edema?  I thought so.  Our videos nor normal lung, pneumothorax, effusion, and edema are ready to roll.  Check back soon for some advanced discussion of pneumonia and lung consolidation.

Bedside Abdominal Ultrasound

– There’s a lot to talk about here, but we’ll start with basic gastric ultrasound because it’s fun and easy.  Check back for gall bladder and abdominal free fluid.