Practice Guidelines

AIUM practice guidelines are intended to provide the medical ultrasound community with guidelines for the performance and recording of high-quality ultrasound examinations. The guidelines reflect what the AIUM considers the minimum criteria for a complete examination in each area but are not intended to establish a legal standard of care.

The AIUM currently offers its practice guidelines in three forms:

PDF—read online or download for later (No CME credit)

Enhanced—These take the PDF one step further by including images, links and .5 CME credits that are only available to AIUM members.

Video Tutorial—These step-by-step instructional videos show users how to adhere to the guidelines. Video tutorials are available for purchase and vary in the number of CME credits.

The AIUM also publishes Physician Training Guidelines. These are not eligible for CME credits.

Abdomen or Retroperitoneum *
PDF

Abdominal Aorta
PDF

Breast * †
PDF

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
PDF

Documentation
PDF

Extracranial Cerebrovascular
PDF | Enhanced

Extremity Arteries
PDF

FAST
PDF

Female Pelvis *
PDF | Enhanced

Fetal Echocardiography *
PDF

Head and Neck
PDF

Musculoskeletal *
PDF | Video Tutorial

Native Renal Artery
PDF

Neonatal Spine
PDF | Enhanced

Neurosonography in Neonates and Infants
PDF | Enhanced

Obstetric *
PDF | Enhanced

Peripheral Arterial
PDF

Peripheral Venous
PDF

Postoperative Dialysis Access
PDF

Preoperative Dialysis Access
PDF

Prostate & Surrounding Structures
PDF | Enhanced

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
PDF | Enhanced

Reproductive Medicine
PDF

Scrotal
PDF | Enhanced

Solid-Organ Transplants
PDF

Sonohysterography
PDF | Enhanced

Thyroid & Parathyroid *
PDF | Enhanced | Video Tutorial

Transcranial Doppler
PDF | Enhanced

Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
PDF

Urology *
PDF

Vascular Access
PDF

* The AIUM offers practice accreditation for these specialties. View more information.
AIUM-accredited practices are expected to generally follow the guidelines with recognition that deviations from these guidelines will be needed in some cases, depending on patient needs and available equipment. Practices are encouraged to go beyond the guidelines to provide additional service and information as needed.

† As of November 2013, the AIUM Executive Committee and Board of Governors voted to replace the previous AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of a Breast Ultrasound Examination. In its place, we have adopted the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Practice Guideline for the Performance of a Breast Ultrasound Examination.

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