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Ultrasound is one of the most versatile and misunderstood imaging modalities. Everyone’s familiar with it, but patients may not be aware of what it can be used for or even how it works. This month’s newsletter delves into some common ultrasound misperceptions that many patients harbor.

What is the predominant use of ultrasound in your facility? Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Enjoy the newsletter, and happy holidays from everyone at Radiology Today.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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Addressing Ultrasound’s Myths and Misunderstandings

By Liesel Tavenner, MBA, PMP, CSPO, RDMS, RVT

Ultrasound’s popularity as a diagnostic imaging tool continues to grow across many clinical specialties, thanks to the technology becoming more portable, affordable, and convenient. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has helped elevate ultrasound’s role as a first line of defense in triaging COVID’s impact on patients. This rising popularity, however, has had an unfortunate consequence of generating more myths and misunderstanding around ultrasound’s use, safety, and requirements. This is understandable, given the fact that ultrasound is a complex technology with hundreds of unique nuances many patients don’t understand or appreciate. Countering misinformation is critical to gaining and maintaining patient trust.

Inteleos and its medical imaging certification body, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), recently conducted an impromptu, but statistically valid, survey of the sonographer community to get a better sense of which myths are most problematic. While misunderstandings around ultrasound’s safety are prevalent, the findings suggest even greater confusion around the roles and expertise of sonographers. 

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