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Welcome to ERCast, a focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

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Apr 24, 2013

What is the best way to evaluate a pregnant patient in whom you suspect pulmonary embolism? There is no definitive guideline, but there is no shortage of opinions. Jeff Kline and I work through the evidence and lack thereof.

What is the fetal radiation exposure from CT pulmonary angiogram and ventilation perfusion...

Apr 3, 2013

There are times when the safety of IV contrast can be a confusing quagmire. We know that iodinated contrast for CT scans can hurt the kidneys. But is it harmful for someone who already has renal failure and is on dialysis?  What about the breastfeeding mother? Will IV contrast harm her infant? How should we pretreat...