Every emergency physician is now or hopefully will be [very soon] an expert in primary care ultrasound (also called Point Of Care Ultrsound [POCUS]). An emergency physician simply cannot safely practice emergency medicine without this vital skill. Every critical care physician must also have or quickly gain expertise in primary care ultrasound.
The time is fast approaching when all primary care physicians (FP, IM, Peds, Urgent Care, and Hospital Medicine) must become proficient in primary care ultrasound if they are to safely and effectively care for their patients.
I began practicing primary care ultrasound 18 years ago. I have found it to be of tremendous benefit to primary care patients – both adult and pediatric.
And on this website, I have 81 posts that relate to learning primary care ultrasound. To quickly run through the list, simply click on Ultrasound Imaging.
There are a number of excellent ultrasound scanners that are appropriate for primary care physicians.
One ultrasound scanner that I recently became aware of is the Clarius Handheld Ultrasound Scanner.
It looks like it might be ideal for office based primary care physicians.
I have not had a chance to use it yet, but I’m looking forward to evaluating it.
(1) This Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Could Be the Next Stethoscope:
Clarius co-founder and CEO Laurent Pelissier believes the affordable, wireless device could revolutionize health care from smithsonian.com January 27, 2017.
(2) Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanners now available with advanced features Press Release, August 17, 2017