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Trauma 

Chapter:
Trauma
Author(s):

Justin Kirk-Bayley

, and James Doyle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198749080.003.0024
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date: 26 October 2021

Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) continues to have a role in the primary assessment of the seriously injured patient, despite the widespread availability of early computed tomography scanning. This chapter describes how to undertake a FAST and an extended FAST scan, with examples of common pathology. The benefits, together with the limitations and pitfalls, are outlined.

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