AIUM – an organization that truly is an “institute” that is all about ultrasound – it used to be a community of only radiologists, but over the last few years, as bedside ultrasound has become part of many other specialties, there are now more sections for those specialties to become their own ‘community within a community’ – so to speak. Emergency physicians who are ultrasound enthusiasts, of course, are a growing section within AIUM – and if you ever want to meet every single leader in bedside ultrasound, this is the conference to go to! They also have AIUM and ACEP joint workshops in bedside US and promote research among all specialties. AIUM has been releasing their Practice Guidelines of each application and has recently completed quite a few. Each specialty define their own use of bedside ultrasound, and there are “complete” and “limited” (or “focused”, which may not include every detail listed under the AIUM guideline) scans, but its always nice to see what AIUM considers as their guideline to others.
“Practice guidelines of the AIUM are intended to provide the medical ultrasound community with guidelines for the performance and recording of high-quality ultrasound examinations. The guidelines reflect what the AIUM considers the minimum criteria for a complete examination in each area but are not intended to establish a legal standard of care. AIUM-accredited practices are expected to generally follow the guidelines with recognition that deviations from these guidelines will be needed in some cases, depending on patient needs and available equipment. Practices are encouraged to go beyond the guidelines to provide additional service and information as needed.”
The AIUM Practice Guidelines are free and available to download as pdf files. Thank you, AIUM.