Point of Care Ultrasound: A WFUMB Position Paper
Imaging and Diagnostic Radiology (East Africa)
Over the last decade, the use of portable ultrasound scanners has enhanced the concept of point of care ultrasound (PoC-US), namely, “ultrasound performed at the bedside and interpreted directly by the treating clinician.” PoC-US is not a replacement for comprehensive ultrasound, but rather allows physicians immediate access to clinical imaging for rapid and direct solutions. PoC-US has already revolutionized everyday clinical practice, and it is believed that it will dramatically change how ultrasound is applied in daily practice. However, its use and teaching are different from continent to continent and from country to country. This World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology position paper discusses the current status and future perspectives of PoC-US. Particular attention is given to the different uses of PoC-US and its clinical significance, including within emergency and critical care medicine, cardiology, anesthesiology, rheumatology, obstetrics, neonatology, gynecology, gastroenterology and many other applications. In the future, PoC-US will be more diverse than ever and be included in medical student training.
Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
Dietrich, C. F.,
Cui, X. W.,
Gilja, O. H.,
Abramowicz, J. S.,
Westerway, S. C.,
Nolsøe, C. P.,
(2017). Point of Care Ultrasound: A WFUMB Position Paper. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 43(1), 49-58.
Available at: http://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_imaging_diagn_radiol/16