What AFAST®, TFAST® and Vet BLUE® – Global FAST® – can do for you?

FAST is an acronym for the abbreviated ultrasound examination called Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma created as a triage and post-interventional screening test by human trauma surgeons in the 1990s.  It quickly morphed into a non-trauma (triage), and monitoring (tracking) point-of-care imaging tool. The FAST ” T3″ applications encompass the paradigm change.  In other words, Global FAST has become an extension of your physical exam.

AFAST (abdominal FAST), TFAST (thoracic FAST), Vet BLUE (lung) and Global FAST have been developed by FASTVet for veterinarians as a rapid, low impact, point-of-care first line screening test, to answer important clinical questions to help better:

  • Pick your next best test
  • Better keep alive for gold standard testing
  • Better keep alive for gold standard treatment
  • Better serve as evidence-based information by “seeing” the pathology-abnormality

We at FASTVet are committed to train you in Global FAST!

Who Created FASTVet.com?

Dr. Gregory R. Lisciandro, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ACVECC attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and his residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Lisciandro has spent approximately half of his 27-year career in general practice and half in emergency and critical care and half without ultrasound.

I took a complete abdominal ultrasound course in 1999 and it was overwhelming.  I never felt that ultrasound would ever become a core skill for me; however, the FAST exam seemed clinically helpful and the original study limited the application to 4 views.  I thought heck, I can learn 4 views! and then the daunting epiphany of what I missed  everyday without ultrasound!”

Dr. Lisciandro’s interests include clinically integrating FAST and point-of-care ultrasound that rapidly answer important clinical questions to optimize small animal patient care.  He developed and published on AFAST with its target-organ approach, and the AFAST-applied fluid scoring system, TFAST for intra-thoracic injury and pathology and volume status, and most recently Vet BLUE.

He has been an annual guest lecturer at the TRISAT Critical Care Webcast Series to medical doctors; and done collaborative research with veterinary schools and medical doctors. He is editor and chapter author of the textbook Focused Ultrasound Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner, Wiley 2014, translated in 6 languages, English, Spanish, Greek, Japanese, Chinese and Polish; and lectured and trained veterinarians in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and the Middle East; and as President of the International Veterinary Point-of-Care Ultrasound Society (IVPOCUS), leading veterinary medicine in this exciting new frontier.

Dr. Stephanie Lisciandro, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and then spent a year in general practice in Roswell, Georgia before residency training in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center, New York City.  Stephanie’s interests have included cardiology and gastroenterology and she has spent time as an internist in speciality practices, mobile ultrasound and specialty consulting, and telemedicine.  Currently, Dr. Lisciandro is Director of Internal Medicine for Oncura Partners, Inc. in Austin, Texas.

“I have been doing  complete diagnostic abdominal ultrasound, complete echocardiography, ultrasonographic volume status assessment, and ultrasound-guided procedures ever since my residency training over 25 years ago.  However, when Greg began learning FAST and remarking on his epiphany, he had to grab me kicking and screaming into this new FAST ultrasound frontier.  It took me no time once I conceded to see its (Global FAST) importance in my daily practice, helping better assure that my ultrasound exams were ordered for the correct cavity, and to make sure restraint was safe for my patient.  Furthermore, I realized how incredibly impactful Vet BLUE was for detecting pathology that was questionable or occult radiographically. I trained all me clients to do Global FAST and became exponentially busier.  It’s truly a game-changer.”