Campus Units

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

12-23-2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine

DOI

10.1002/jum.15202

Abstract

Potential ultrasound exposure safety issues are reviewed, with guidance for prudent use of point‐of‐care ultrasound (POCUS). Safety assurance begins with the training of POCUS practitioners in the generation and interpretation of diagnostically valid and clinically relevant images. Sonographers themselves should minimize patient exposure in accordance with the as‐low‐as‐reasonably‐achievable principle, particularly for the safety of the eye, lung, and fetus. This practice entails the reduction of output indices or the exposure duration, consistent with the acquisition of diagnostically definitive images. Informed adoption of POCUS worldwide promises a reduction of ionizing radiation risks, enhanced cost‐effectiveness, and prompt diagnoses for optimal patient care.

Comments

This article is published as Miller, Douglas L., Alyssa Abo, Jacques S. Abramowicz, Timothy A. Bigelow, Diane Dalecki, Eitan Dickman, John Donlon, Gerald Harris, and Jason Nomura. "Diagnostic Ultrasound Safety Review for Point‐of‐Care Ultrasound Practitioners." Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (2019). DOI: 10.1002/jum.15202.

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Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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