Welcome to POCUS Journal

POCUS Journal is a resource for the latest information and case studies on point of care ultrasound, written by physicians, researchers, and educators.

Read the latest issue of POCUS Journal or see the archive for past issues. All issues from 2016 have been collected into Volume 01.

Articles in this issue

Case Report

Case Report: Point of care ultrasound of a broken heart

by Winnie Chan, MD, FRCPC and Joseph Newbigging, CCFP(EM), FCFP – Mrs. K, a 70 year old lady, presented to the urgent care with severe retrosternal chest pain that started at rest. She described the pain as a constant heaviness and rated it as 9/10 in severity. The pain did not radiate to the neck, [...]

Case Report

Case Report: A wolf in another wolf’s clothing: point-of-care ultrasound in a patient with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

by Jordan K. Leitch MD and Nicole A. Rocca MD FRCPC – Patients often present to hospital, and to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in particular, in situations that render them unable to provide an accurate (or any) clinical history to facilitate diagnosis. These patients also typically have multiple, serious medical co-morbidities, which further makes [...]


Research: Does the Addition of Ultrasound Enhance Cardiac Anatomy Learning in Undergraduate Medical Education?

by Joshua Durbin, MD; Amer M. Johri, MD; Anthony Sanfilippo, MD – With the advent of portable hand-held ultrasound units, the use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has become increasingly popular amongst a wide array of medical specialists for both diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Canada-wide surveys demonstrate a desire for increased utilization of POCUS [...]