Christopher Moore MD, RDMS, RDCS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Section of Emergency Ultrasound; Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Research Interests

Diagnostics; Dyspnea; Echocardiography; Emergency; Emergency Ultrasound; Head Injury; Hypotension; Pulmonary Embolism; Radiology; S100B; Sepsis; Shock; Ultrasound


Research Summary

Dr. Moore's research interests include bedside ultrasound, pulmonary embolism (PE), bedside echocardiography, and emergency ultrasound education. He was the site PI for a multicenter trial published this May in the Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis regarding pulmonary embolism and has submitted for funding of a hybrid industry/NIH sponsored multicenter trial to investigate the use of tenecteplase in submassive PE. He has current ongoing prospective protocols using bedside echo in sepsis, CHF, and pulmonary embolism, including mentorship of a resident research grant funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation and has numerous publications in the ultrasound field.

Dr. Moore reviews for several journals and is on the Advisory Board of Nyaya Health, a non-profit organization that runs a clinic in Nepal, for which he was able to obtain ultrasound scanning equipment that will be used to assist with their maternal fetal health programs. In 2009 Dr. Moore received the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine "Ultrasound Achievement Award"; a national award for "Exceptional Academic Accomplishments and Leadership in Emergency Ultrasound".

Extensive Research Description

My primary interest is in developing the potential of bedside physician performed ultrasound. Ultrasound has been described as "the stethoscope of the future" and with advances in machine size, quality, this is finally beginning to be a reality. However, ultrasound is a user-dependent technology whose efficacy is largely dependent on the training of the person obtaining and interpreting images. I am interested in investigating how this tool is best used in the emergency department and other settings as well as providing effective education and assessment of competency.

I have now run a fellowship in emergency ultrasound for five years as well as rotations for residents and medical students.

Prior work I have completed has focused on the bedside evaluation of left ventricular function in patients with hypo-tension or dyspnea. We have also looked at screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms and the prognostic value of peritoneal free fluid in patients with suspected ectopic pregnancy. I have also looked at issues regarding penetration of ultrasound technology into academic and community settings.

Ongoing projects include expanding the utility of bedside ultrasound in the evaluation of congestive heart failure, sepsis, and pulmonary embolism. We are also working on a web-based training and competency assessment tool (see www.eultrasound.us)

In a wider sense I am also interested in diagnostic tests, in particular for pulmonary embolism (d-dimer, pre-test probability) and markers for head injury in minor trauma (S100B).


Selected Publications

  • Lei Chen, Chris Moore (2007) Diagnosis and guided reduction of forearm fractures in children using bedside ultrasound, Pediatric Emergency Care, 23(8)528-531
  • Chris Moore (2007) Free fluid in morison's pouch on bedside ultrasound predicts need for operative intervention in suspected, Academic Emergency Medicine, 14, 755-758
  • Chris Moore (2006) Ultrasound in community emergency departments in the United States: access to ultrasound performed by consultants and status of emergency physician performed ultrasound, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 47, 147-153
  • Edward Monico, Chris Moore (2005) The impact of evidence based medicine and evolving technology on the standard of care in emergency medicine, Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare, and Ethics, 3(2)
  • Chris Moore (2005) Utility of Bedside Bladder Ultrasound Before Urethral Catheterization, Pediatrics, 115, 108-111

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