The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students, and other health care providers. Established more than 50 years ago, the AIUM is dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.
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9736 total members
718 international members representing more than 80 countries
(As of August, 2014)
(Members may identify more than one interest area.)
59% Obstetric Ultrasound
41% Gynecologic Ultrasound
28% General/Abdominal Ultrasound
13% Cardiovascular Ultrasound
14% Pediatric Ultrasound
11% Interventional/Intraoperative Ultrasound
16% Point-of-Care Ultrasound
19% Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
20% Fetal Echocardiography
13% Basic Science and Instrumentation
5% High Frequency Clinical and Preclinical Imaging
5% Therapeutic Ultrasound
6% Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound
The AIUM has published more than 25 Guidelines for the Performance of Ultrasound Examinations
which include information on equipment, documentation, and guidelines for a sonographic examination. The AIUM has a long history of collaboration in guideline development with several related organizations including the American College of Radiology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The AIUM provides formal position statements on relevant topics, including safety, training, and other ultrasound-related issues.
AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that encourages practices to meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound.
Using ultrasound for entertainment purposes has long been a controversial issue within the ultrasound community, as many, including the AIUM, are concerned that this casual use of ultrasound may have harmful repercussions. View materials published by the AIUM on this topic and related information.
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An important part of the AIUM's mission is to promote the safe and effective use of ultrasound. The Bioeffects Committee of the AIUM is charged with continually monitoring and evaluating research to determine the interaction of ultrasound with biological tissues and its clinical significance. These literature reviews
are periodically published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
As part of the ongoing effort to assess the safety of diagnostic ultrasound, the AIUM periodically sponsors consensus conferences of multidisciplinary ultrasound experts to assess the evidence associated with the bioeffects of ultrasound. The resulting consensus documents provide information such as an overview of the scientific information, the range of ultrasound bioeffects in vivo, the relevance of these effects to diagnostic imaging, summary statements, recommendations and conclusions concerning the safety of diagnostic ultrasound.
June 2007 Issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine Focuses on Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound
Annual Convention & Postgraduate Courses
Offering a multitude of continuing medical education opportunities for ultrasound professionals of all experience levels, the AIUM's Annual Convention is a convenient meeting place to share ideas, the latest research, new developments, and innovations in diagnostic ultrasound. Postgraduate courses offer participants the opportunity to refresh skills and attend conveniently located courses that provide state-of-the-art reviews of ultrasound applications.
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The AIUM is directed by a Board of Governors and Executive Committee who are assisted by committees and a Council on Sections, representing many ultrasound specialties.
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