The Use of Handheld Ultrasound Devices-An EFSUMB Position Paper

Michael Bachmann Nielsen, Vito Cantisani, Paul S. Sidhu, Radu Badea, Tomasz Batko, Jonathan Carlsen, Michel Claudon, Caroline Ewertsen, Carmen Garre, Jordan Genov, Odd Helge Gilja, Roald Havre, Mateusz Kosiak, Wojciek Kosiak, James Pilcher, Helmut Prosch, Maija Radzina, Vasileios Rafailidis, Alexander Rykkje, Andreas SerraAlexandros Sotriadis, Mia Ostergaard, Christoph F. Dietrich

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalUltraschall in der Medizin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • abdomen
  • chest
  • gynecology
  • obstetrics

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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