Focused Cardiac Ultrasonography: Current Applications and Future Directions

Christina L. Luong, Kevin Ong, Kendeep Kaila, Patricia Pellikka, Kenneth Gin, Teresa S.M. Tsang

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Abstract

Focused cardiac ultrasonography is performed by clinicians at the bedside and is used in time-sensitive scenarios to evaluate a patient's cardiovascular status when comprehensive echocardiography is not immediately available. This simplified cardiac ultrasonography is often performed by noncardiologists using small, portable devices to augment the physical examination, triage patients, and direct management in both critical care and outpatient settings. However, as the use of focused cardiac ultrasonography continues to expand, careful consideration is required regarding training, scope of practice, impact on patient outcomes, and medicolegal implications. In this review, we examine some of the challenges with rapid uptake of this technique and explore the benefits and potential risk of focused cardiac ultrasonography. We propose possible mechanisms for cross-specialty collaboration, quality improvement, and oversight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-876
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Keywords

  • focused cardiac ultrasonography
  • point-of-care ultrasonography
  • ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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