The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9000 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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Membership Statistics

Membership Statistics

9439 total members
711 international members representing more than 80 countries

57% Physicians
32% Nonphysicians
  2% Retired
  6% Students/Fellows
(As of December 10, 2012)

Membership Interests

56% Obstetric Ultrasound
36% Gynecologic Ultrasound
27% General/Abdominal Ultrasound
21% Sonography
13% Cardiovascular Ultrasound
13% Pediatric Ultrasound
10% Interventional/Intraoperative Ultrasound
14% Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound
16% Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
19% Fetal Echocardiography
  8% Neurosonology
12% Basic Science and Instrumentation
  5% High Frequency Clinical and Preclinical Imaging
  4% Therapeutic Ultrasound
  5% Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound
(Members may identify more than one interest area.)

Guidelines and Statements

Practice Guidelines

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.
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Official Statements

The AIUM provides formal position statements on relevant topics, including safety, training, and other ultrasound-related issues.
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Common Inquiries

Practice Accreditation

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.
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Entertainment 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.

Contrast-Enhanced 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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Media Contact

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