Ultrasound, as a safe, effective and affordable imaging tool, increasingly provides visualization to augment procedures in a wide variety of medical settings. For example, during surgery, ultrasound helps locate structures and assess the adequacy of repairs. At the bedside, ultrasound helps improve efficiency and reduces errors when inserting central lines. The emerging technique of elastography uses ultrasound to identify less-elastic tissue that could be a tumor, and ultrasound scans can assess musculoskeletal damage, such as that risked by athletes, quickly and frequently without exposing subjects to radiation.
The Program for Medical Ultrasound is actively engaged in these advances in ultrasound. Watch for future courses to include interventional and bedside applications, as well as emerging technologies, such as elastography.