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department of emergency medicine

Research Programs

Ultrasound Research


Residents and students are invited to participate in on-going studies and to initiate related investigational studies under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Costantino, Director of the Emergency Medicine Ultasound Program.


Current studies include:

  • A randomized trial of ultrasound guided versus landmark technique for needle aspiration of suspected peritonsillar abscesses
  • A comparison of limited renal ultrasound plus Doppler ultrasound of ureteral jets versus microhematuria as a screening test for uretolithiasis in emergency department patients with suspicion of renal colic

Recent publications:


Ultrasound-guided peripheral venous access vs. the external jugular vein as the initial approach to the patient with difficult vascular access.

Costantino TG, Kirtz JF, Satz WA.

J Emerg Med. 2009 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19303238



Horn A, O'Neill G, Costantino TG.

J Emerg Med. 2009 Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 19251388


Images in emergency medicine. Traumatic abdominal wall hernias.

Truong T, Costantino TG.

Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Aug;52(2):182, 6. No abstract available. PMID: 18655924


Images in emergency medicine. Bilateral tubal ectopic pregnancies.

O'Neill GM, Costantino TG, Karras D.

Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Oct;50(4):e1-2. No abstract available. PMID: 17881313


Accuracy of emergency medicine ultrasound in the evaluation of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Costantino TG, Bruno EC, Handly N, Dean AJ.

J Emerg Med. 2005 Nov;29(4):455-60.PMID: 16243207