Welcome to NephroPOCUS.com, winner of the 2020 American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education award as well as Nathan Hellman Social Media Project of the Year award by NephJC. The purpose of this website is to advocate for point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS)-enhanced physical examination and serve as a comprehensive resource for anybody interested in POCUS, particularly pertaining to nephrology practice (= NephroPOCUS). It is a home for growing collection of ultrasound images, interesting cases, infographics and visual abstracts. We exercise utmost care not to display any identifiable patient information and the consent has been obtained from patients where applicable.

Why POCUS? POCUS performed at the bedside is primarily intended to provide answers to focused questions such as: “Does the patient have hydronephrosis?”, “Is there a pericardial effusion?”, “what is the volume status?” etc. and narrow the differential diagnosis. Moreover, it serves as a non-invasive and a dynamic clinical tool that helps us monitor the response to interventions such as dialysis or diuretic therapy. It also enhances the care of end-stage renal disease patients on dialysis by allowing the physicians to detect subclinical hypervolemia and titrate the ultrafiltration goals.

Watch this short video to better navigate the website and take advantage of all the resources:

Meet the team:

Abhilash Koratala is an Associate Professor of Medicine and currently the Director of Clinical Imaging for Nephrology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He started his academic career at University of Florida, where he developed a nephrology-oriented POCUS program for internal medicine residents and nephrology fellows. Dr. Koratala has also designed a comprehensive POCUS video curriculum encompassing all the diagnostic applications, currently considered to be within the scope of nephrology practice. In addition, he teaches POCUS on various online platforms and authors a series of posts for a feature called Focus on POCUN on the Renal Fellow Network, a nephrology blog that partners with the American Society of Nephrology. He serves as the associate editor of POCUN (Point of care ultrasound in nephrology) for the Renal Fellow Network.

Apart from POCUS, he enjoys all aspects of nephrology and has authored over 180 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals to date. Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Content management advisor: Ms. Deepti Bhattacharya