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The research of Tobias Kummer, M.D., focuses on the use of ultrasound at the point of care in emergent situations and critically ill or injured patients. He has a particular interest in advanced ultrasound techniques such as contrast-enhanced ultrasound and procedural ultrasound.
For patients with acute trauma, rapid identification of injury and ongoing bleeding are crucial for improving patient outcomes. Point-of-care ultrasound can help shorten the time to diagnosis and treatment. Using advanced ultrasound techniques such as contrast-enhanced ultrasound improves diagnostic capabilities at the bedside to a level that would have previously required more-advanced imaging, such as computerized tomography.
Ultrasound has also been shown to improve procedure performance and provide precision that far surpasses traditional nonimage-guided techniques. This can improve procedures such as IV access or assist for early pain control in injured patients.
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