No longer HOCUS POCUS. The time has come for surgeons to embrace point of care ultrasound training

  • Sandie R Thomson University of Cape Town
  • J E J Krige University of Cape Town

Abstract

Ultrasound provides non-invasive real time high-resolution multiplanar quality imaging, which avoids ionizing radiation and is cost-effective. Traditionally, radiologists and radiographers have provided ultrasound services from centralised radiology departments. The development of portable, more versatile, cheaper equipment that is user friendly has led to the increased use of bedside ultrasound by non-radiologists which has been coined point of care US (POCUS). Despite the many advantages of applying ultrasound in clinical practice, surgeons have been slow to incorporate formal ultrasound training and experience in the surgical curriculum.

Author Biographies

Sandie R Thomson, University of Cape Town
Departments of Medicine and Surgery
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
J E J Krige, University of Cape Town
Departments of Medicine and Surgery
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Published
2016-06-29
How to Cite
Thomson, S., & Krige, J. (2016). No longer HOCUS POCUS. The time has come for surgeons to embrace point of care ultrasound training. South African Journal of Surgery, 54(2), 2-3. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.co.za/index.php/sajs/article/view/2046
Section
Editorial