ESR statement on portable ultrasound devices

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Abstract

The use of portable ultrasound (US) devices has increased in recent years and the market has been flourishing. Portable US devices can be subdivided into three groups: laptop-associated devices, hand-carried US, and handheld US devices. Almost all companies we investigated offer at least one portable US device. Portable US can also be associated with the use of different US techniques such as colour Doppler US and pulse wave (PW)-Doppler. Laptop systems will also be available with contrast-enhanced US and high-end cardiac functionality. Portable US devices are effective in the hands of experienced examiners. Imaging quality is predictably inferior to so-called high-end devices. The present paper is focused on portable US devices and clinical applications describing their possible use in different organs and clinical settings, keeping in mind that patient safety must never be compromised. Hence, portable devices must undergo the same decontamination assessment and protocols as the standard equipment, especially smartphones and tablets.

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Clevert, D. A., Schwarze, V., Nyhsen, C., D’Onofrio, M., Sidhu, P., & Brady, A. P. (2019). ESR statement on portable ultrasound devices. Insights into Imaging, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13244-019-0775-x

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