Point-of-care ultrasound: what is being imaged and for what purposes?

Author(s): Dr Mike Smith

Hospital: Cardiff University

Reference: RAD Magazine, 49, 581, 11-12


Across almost all healthcare settings, professions and specialisms, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS; the immediate or concurrent integration of ultrasound imaging into delivery of care or decision making by a treating or triaging clinician) is a rapidly expanding field of ultrasound imaging. POCUS has the potential to increase patient accessibility to imaging-informed care and to create new and potentially improved care pathways. However, the widespread use of ultrasound by professions or individuals who do not have an established background in imaging can raise several potential concerns.

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