Who are we?Jacob
My name is Jacob Avila, and I am the co-ultrasound and ultrasound fellowship director for the Emergency Medicine residency in Chattanooga, Tn.  I’m one of the millions (maybe even billions?) of people who are benefiting on a daily basis from the #FOAMed movement and from online and asynchronous learning. As I was finishing medical school I discovered so many phenomenal resources out there, but had difficulty digesting the information into simple, easy-to-remember data. This website is an attempt to simplify the ultrasound literature so you can stop spending weeks trying to figure out exactly how a B-line or a mirror artifact works, and focus on using ultrasound at the bedside.
Have questions or comments? Email me: 5minsono@gmail.com

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I am Ben Smith, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director of the University of Tennessee, Department of Emergency Medicine, Chattanooga, TN.
I received the UTEM outstanding teacher award in 2008 and 2011. I’ve created a website called ultrasoundoftheweek.com where I post weekly interesting ultrasound cases and teaching pearls. I’ve also created several tools to aid ultrasound directors: a script that de-identifies ultrasound clips and an online M.mode.ify tool that can be used to create an M-Mode image from any clip. I’ve  completed the ACEP Teaching Fellowship and my interests include landscape photography, digital image manipulation and computer coding.

How to use this site:

  • 5 Min Sono Vids: Videos are meant to give you a basic how-to-do for a specific US exam.  It’s basic. I won’t be going into subtle findings that you probably won’t use.  I also won’t be going through the history of an exam or the research/accuracy behind it.  It’s just to get you familiar with the exam. Are 5 minutes too long? In each video section there will be a link to a 5 Second Sono page that will just show you normal and abnormal.
  • Ultrasound Reference Values: I’m going to sharing with you all the numbered normal values of specific ultrasound examinations. If you’re anything like me, you can never remember how thick the anterior GB wall should be, so I put it on an easy to access webpage.

While we make every effort to produce accurate information, we are still learning. This website represents how we have interpreted the ultrasound literature we have seen or read. We welcome any comments, suggestions or correction of errors. We take no money from drug or device companies. By reading the content of this website, you agree not to use this information as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having. This entire disclaimer applies to any and all content on this website. Under no circumstances shall any of the contributors on this website be responsible for damages arising from use of this website.
This website should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the website.
The content of this website is formed by our own opinions and do not represent the views or opinions of the UT Chattanooga Emergency Medicine Residency or the Erlanger Baroness hospital.


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Please feel free to utilize any and all of these videos for medical education.  Just make sure to reference where you got the info 🙂


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