Mapping the Ultrasound Landscape to Define Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Proposal From the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and ACR Commission on Ultrasound

Maitray D. Patel, Mindy M. Horrow, Aya Kamaya, Mary C. Frates, Nirvikar Dahiya, Lauren Golding, Wui K. Chong, Marielia Gerena, Sujata Ghate, Phyllis Glanc, Alyssa R. Goldbach, Sonia Gupta, Paul A. Hill, Stephen I. Johnson, Madison R. Kocher, Eric Rubin, Roya Sohaey, Jeffrey T. Waltz, Darcy J. Wolfman, William D. Middleton

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Abstract

Current descriptions of ultrasound evaluations, including use of the term “point-of-care ultrasound” (POCUS), are imprecise because they are predicated on distinctions based on the device used to obtain images, the location where the images were obtained, the provider who obtained the images, or the focus of the examination. This is confusing because it does not account for more meaningful distinctions based on the setting, comprehensiveness, and completeness of the evaluation. In this article, the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the members of the American College of Radiology Ultrasound Commission articulate a map of the ultrasound landscape that divides sonographic evaluations into four distinct categories on the basis of setting, comprehensiveness, and completeness. Details of this classification scheme are elaborated, including important clarifications regarding what ensures comprehensiveness and completeness. Practical implications of this framework for future research and reimbursement paradigms are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • ACR
  • POCUS
  • Point-of-care
  • SRU
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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