Battlefield applications for handheld ultrasound

Joel Anthony Nations*, Robert F. Browning

*Corresponding author for this work

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Combat medical care provides unique challenges and opportunities for military medical teams. The austerity of the environment severely limits access to many diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Because of their compact size, handheld ultrasound (US) machines are increasingly being used in these constrained environments. A growing body of literature documents the diagnostic utility of handheld US for trauma encountered in the battlefield. Furthermore, US guidance may assist in the performance of some procedures performed in battlefield medical care. This review will provide an overview of the history, current status, limitations and potential future of US utility for the battlefield.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalUltrasound Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • battlefield medicine
  • combat medicine
  • military
  • ultrasound


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