Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ultrasound Education (Editorial)
Anyone in the USA can purchase a gun in the USA unless they are a felon. When you buy a gun do you automatically know how to use it responsibly? NO. You must take a gun safety course to learn to use it for hunting or self defense. The same is true for an ultrasound machine. You get a day of apps from the manufacturer, then you are on your own. Apps specialists do not train you how to do a sonogram, they show you how to operate the equipment. To learn how to use an ultrasound machine requires rigorous education and training accompanied by many patient encounters. Too many physicians and imaging facilities think the ultrasound machine is like an EKG machine: put the electrodes on the chest and let the machine do the work. I want you all to embrace ultrasound as a valid and useful tool in diagnostic medicine, but get some training on how to use the equipment! Just my thoughts. Have a great holiday weekend.