Podcast 102 – Don’t Half-Ass your FAST!


laleh-g-sonospotI’ve wanted to discuss tips and pitfalls for the FAST exam for a while now, but I needed a master to talk with. Luckily at Castlefest, I met Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD. She is the Ultrasound Director at Stanford’s Dept. of Emergency Medicine as well as being too cool for school. She is also FOAMY with what I think is the best blog on all things point-of-care ultrasound: sonospot.com.

Sonospot Posts on the FAST

I was going to write up comprehensive show notes for this episode, but thankfully Laleh published a post that encompasses EVERYTHING we we spoke about. So go read the ultimate blogpost on the FAST exam.

The Right-Upper Quadrant

The Left-Upper Quadrant

The Pelvic View

  • Sonospot will have a post on this coming up soon

The Heart

Why do we mess up the exam?

Laselle et al. published on why false-negative FASTs occurred [Ann Emerg Med 2012;60:326]. See this wonderful post from the Sonospot blog on the Laselle article and false-negative FASTs.

Want more?

Head on over to the Ultrasound Podcast for more from my friend Cliff Reid

More from Laleh on a future episode, but now on to the Podcast…


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  2. [...] was a TRUE pleasure to record a podcast recently with Dr. Scott Weingart (aka, my hero) on EMCrit (twitter: EMCrit), and writing this article with our ultrasound [...]

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