Reviewer: Dr. Kristina Jacomino

Article: https://www.jem-journal.com/article/S0736-4679(17)31186-1/fulltext

Prospective diagnostic test assessment of three-point compression ultrasonography performed by ED physicians in a Spanish general district hospital as compared with Doppler US performed by radiology.


  • Follow up radiology ultrasound performed after ED visit, unknown how this time lapse affects results
  • Majority of patients had BMI >30
  • Only experienced, attending physicians participated in the study, limiting generalizability

Practice changing? - Possibly

Take home point – The value of ED performed POCUS DVT studies correlates with experience in compression sonography; therefore, care must be taken to maintain skill and proficiency to use this POCUS modality in clinical decision making.​