Chapter 4. Focussed Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)

  1. Adam Brooks1,
  2. Jim Connolly2 and
  3. Otto Chan3
  1. Adam Brooks and
  2. M Gage Oschner

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755822.ch4

Ultrasound in Emergency Care

Ultrasound in Emergency Care

How to Cite

Brooks, A. and Oschner, M. G. (2004) Focussed Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST), in Ultrasound in Emergency Care (eds A. Brooks, J. Connolly and O. Chan), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470755822.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

  3. 3

    Royal London Hospital, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727917317

Online ISBN: 9780470755822



  • focussed assessment with sonography for trauma;
  • abdominal evaluation;
  • abdominal trauma;
  • splenic haematomas;
  • diagnostic peritoneal lavage


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • The development of FAST

  • Investigation of abdominal trauma

  • Radiologist

  • non-radiologist

  • FAST in penetrating abdominal trauma

  • The FAST technique

  • Summary