The miniaturization of ultrasound equipment in the form of tablet-or smartphone-sized ultrasound equipment is a result of the rapid evolution of technology and handheld ultrasound devices (HHUSD). This position paper of the European Federation of Societies in Ultrasound and Medicine (EFSUMB) assesses the current status of HHUSD in abdominal ultrasound, pediatric ultrasound, targeted echocardiography and heart ultrasound, and we will report position comments on the most common clinical applications. Also included is a SWOT (Strength-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analysis, the use for handheld devices for medical students, educational & training aspects, documentation, storage and safety considerations.
Field of Science*
- 3.2 Clinical medicine
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