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Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2019 Mar 1;20(3):245-252. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jey145.

The use of handheld ultrasound devices: a position statement of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (2018 update).

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1
Cardiology Department, Hospital da Luz, Av. Lusíada, n° 100, Lisbon, Portugal.
2
Faculdade Ciências Médicas da Universidade nova de Lisboa, Campo Mártires da Pátria 130, Lisbon, Portugal.
3
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
4
Clinic of Cardiology, St. Olav's University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
5
Department of Medicine, Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Hospital Trust, Levanger, Norway.
6
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leuven, Herestraat 49, Leuven, Belgium.
7
Morriston Cardiac Regional Centre, ABMU LHB, Swansea, UK.
8
Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Sydney Street, London, UK.
9
Department of Cardiology, Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Vukova 9, Belgrade, Serbia.
10
Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
11
Department of Cardiology and Center for Cardiological Innovation, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet and University of Oslo, Sognsvannsveien 20, Oslo, Norway.
12
Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, VIa S. Pansini 5, Napples, Italy.
13
CNR, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Via G. Moruzzi, 1, Pisa, Italy.
14
Service de Cardiologie et CIC-IT INSERM 1414, CHU Pontchaillou, Rennes, France.
15
LTSI, Université de Rennes 1, INSERM, UMR, Rennes, France.
16
Department of Cardiology, Nikea Hospital, 3 P. Mela str, Athens, Greece.
17
Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, Leiden, The Netherlands.
18
Department of Cardiology, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Ctra. de Colmenar Viejo, km. 9, 100, Madrid, Spain.
19
CIBERV, Madrid, Spain.
20
University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila", Euroecolab, Institute of cardiovascular diseases "Prof. Dr. C C Iliescu, Bucharest, Romania.

Abstract

Recent technological advances in echocardiography, with progressive miniaturization of ultrasound machines, have led to the development of handheld ultrasound devices (HUD). These devices, no larger than some mobile phones, can be used to perform partial, focused exams as an extension to the physical examination. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) acknowledges that the dissemination of appropriate HUD use is inevitable and desirable, because of its potential impact on patient management. However, as a scientific society of cardiac imaging, our role is to provide guidance in order to optimize patient benefit and minimize drawbacks from inappropriate use of this technology. This document provides updated recommendations for the use of HUD, including nomenclature, appropriateness, indications, operators, clinical environments, data management and storage, educational needs, and training of potential users. It also addresses gaps in evidence, controversial issues, and future technological developments.

KEYWORDS:

FoCUS; devices ; echocardiography ; handheld ; pocket size

PMID:
30351358
DOI:
10.1093/ehjci/jey145

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