Medical necessity: To assess for the presence or absence of pericardial effusion. To assess for the presence or absence of cardiac activity.

Structures studied: Heart, pericardium. 

Focused question(s): Is a pericardial effusion present? Is there cardiac activity?

Guidelines

1.) Obtain at a minimum, video clips of the sub-costal and parasternal long axis views of the heart.

Additional views may include parasternal short axis and apical 4 chamber.

2.) Obtain one static representative image.

Sub-Costal view static image without pericardial effusion

 

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