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?
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.