Dr. Diku Mandavia joined Fujifilm Sonosite as an advisor back in 2007. But he first worked with point-of-care ultrasound when he trained in Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in 1991, during the Los Angeles gang epidemic.
“We were overwhelmed with knife and gun injuries…the CT scanner was on the third floor, three football fields away, and patients often died in front of us with undetected internal bleeding…. It was a very frustrating experience.”
In an interview with Dr. Rachel Liu, director of point-of-care ultrasound education in the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and current Chair of ACEP’s emergency ultrasound, Dr. Mandavia discusses his first experience with “portable” point-of-care ultrasound at LAC/USC, and his role in promoting point-of-care ultrasound in emergency medicine in both his own practice and as a member of ACEP.