News | October 16, 2012

Forum to Reveal How Ultrasound is Part of the Healthcare Solution

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Ultrasound First Forum

October 16, 2012 — The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will host an Ultrasound First Forum on Nov. 12, 2012, in New York City. The forum will address the expanding role of ultrasound imaging as a “first” imaging examination and will be devoted to encouraging the use of ultrasound as a safe, effective and affordable alternative to other diagnostic imaging modalities where scientific evidence supports its appropriateness. The forum will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including healthcare experts, representatives from medical societies, insurers, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the military, patient advocacy groups, government agencies and others.

For a growing number of clinical conditions, ultrasound has been shown to be equally effective, if not superior, in its diagnostic capability, with a distinct advantage in safety and cost over computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Despite this advantage, evidence suggests that ultrasound is vastly underused in the United States compared to the rest of the industrialized world. Medical experts will inform the forum participants about the medical benefits and cost-effectiveness of using ultrasound in situations involving women’s health, the musculoskeletal system and sports medicine, abdominal and renal imaging, pediatrics, echocardiography and critical care. Clinical examples will include pelvic pain, appendicitis, renal colic, the rotator cuff, vascular access and other common patient conditions.

Patient safety is a key issue when it comes to ionizing radiation exposure. Both governmental and scientific perspectives on this critical aspect will be addressed by physicians and researchers. A dynamic lunch-and-learn session will offer a live scanning demonstration to illustrate some of the concepts introduced throughout the morning. Additional highlights of the forum’s agenda include presentations by representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

A key component of the forum will be a panel session in which discussion will focus on incorporation of the "ultrasound first" concept into practice. The expected outcome of the forum will be to determine the action that needs to be taken to expand the use of "ultrasound first" where appropriate.

Ultrasound First is an initiative organized by the AIUM that focuses on educating healthcare providers, medical educators, insurers and patients of the benefits of ultrasound in medical care.

For more information: www.ultrasoundfirst.org

Related Content

Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019
DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo...
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | April 12, 2019
This 360 degree view shows staff at the ...
DiA Imaging Analysis Introduces LVivo SAX Ultrasound Analysis Tool
Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 09, 2019
DiA Imaging Analysis announced the launch of LVivo SAX, a cardiac analysis tool that helps clinicians quickly and...
SuperSonic Imagine Highlights Aixplorer Mach 30 Breast Ultrasound at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium
News | Ultrasound Women's Health | April 03, 2019
SuperSonic Imagine will introduce the new generation of its Aixplorer Mach 30 breast ultrasound solution at the 2019...
Videos | RSNA | April 03, 2019
ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies displa
Bay Labs Announces New Data on EchoGPS, AutoEF AI Software at ACC.19
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | March 15, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) company Bay Labs announced the presentation of two studies assessing performance of the...
Esaote Introduces MyLab X8 Ultrasound Platform
News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 13, 2019
Esaote announced the launch of MyLab X8, a high-performance, versatile ultrasound platform to support hospitals and...
Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove "Black Box" on Ultrasound Contrast Agents
News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019
National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black...
Canon Medical Systems introduces 33 MHz Ultra-High Frequency Ultrasound Transducer
News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 01, 2019
March 1, 2019 — Expanding its advanced, high-performing Aplio i-series...