Non-radiologist-performed abdominal point-of-care ultrasonography in paediatrics — a scoping review

Elsa A. van Wassenaer, Joost G. Daams, Marc A. Benninga, Karen Rosendahl, Bart G.P. Koot, Samuel Stafrace, Owen J. Arthurs, Rick R. van Rijn

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Background: Historically, US in the paediatric setting has mostly been the domain of radiologists. However, in the last decade, there has been an uptake of non-radiologist point-of-care US. Objective: To gain an overview of abdominal non-radiologist point-of-care US in paediatrics. Materials and methods: We conducted a scoping review regarding the uses of abdominal non-radiologist point-of-care US, quality of examinations and training, patient perspective, financial costs and legal consequences following the use of non-radiologist point-of-care US. We conducted an advanced search of the following databases: Medline, Embase and Web of Science Conference Proceedings. We included published original research studies describing abdominal non-radiologist point-of-care US in children. We limited studies to English-language articles from Western countries. Results: We found a total of 5,092 publications and selected 106 publications for inclusion: 39 studies and 51 case reports or case series on the state-of-art of abdominal non-radiologist point-of-care US, 14 on training of non-radiologists, and 1 each on possible harms following non-radiologist point-of-care US and patient satisfaction. According to included studies, non-radiologist point-of-care US is increasingly used, but no standardised training guidelines exist. We found no studies regarding the financial consequences of non-radiologist point-of-care US. Conclusion: This scoping review supports the further development of non-radiologist point-of-care US and underlines the need for consensus on who can do which examination after which level of training among US performers. More research is needed on training non-radiologists and on the costs-to-benefits of non-radiologist point-of-care US.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1386-1399
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftPediatric Radiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift8
StatusGepubliceerd - jul. 2021
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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