M-Mode Ultrasound Applications for the Emergency Medicine Physician

Turandot Saul, Sebastian D. Siadecki, Rachel Berkowitz, Gabriel Rose, Danielle Matilsky, Allison Sauler

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Abstract

Background M-mode or "motion" mode is a form of ultrasound imaging that is of high clinical utility in the emergency department. It can be used in a variety of situations to evaluate motion and timing, and can document tissue movement in a still image when the recording of a video clip is not feasible. Objectives In this article we describe several straightforward and easily performed applications for the emergency physician to incorporate M-mode into his or her practice, including the evaluation for: 1) pneumothorax, 2) left ventricular systolic function, 3) cardiac tamponade, and 4) hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Discussion The emergency physician and other point-of-care ultrasound providers can use this versatile function in the evaluation of patients for a number of critical cardiopulmonary diagnoses. Conclusion A great deal of important information may be obtained with M-mode imaging through views and measurements that are relatively easy to obtain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-692
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • E-point septal separation
  • M-mode
  • cardiac tamponade
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • pneumothorax
  • ultrasound

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