The value of bedside ultrasound

Point-of-care (bedside) ultrasound is increasingly being recommended as a valuable diagnostic and assessment tool in pediatric practice. Its use is growing rapidly in pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, and neonatology. It can aid in the performance of invasive procedures, focus the evaluation of critically ill patients, and reduce exposure to ionizing radiation. It can augment the physical examination. However pediatricians require significant training to become competent at bedside ultrasonography. There is a risk of inaccurate diagnoses and misguided care. Currently there are no quality assurance processes or regulations for pediatrician-performed ultrasonography. Curricula to train clinicians are being developed in other specialties.

Bedside ultrasound in pediatric practice. Vieira and Bachur 2013.