Definition of Physician Supervision for Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Standards

1. A physician must be readily available to review and interpret the ultrasound study.
2. In the exceptional circumstance that a physician is not immediately available for the patient at the time of the sonogram:

a. A sonographer registered in the relevant specialty must be immediately available to review the images;

b. A mechanism must be in place to address unexpected or emergency findings;

c. If the patient is not kept until the physician reviews the images, a call-back mechanism must be described; and

d. Image review, interpretation and reporting must be performed in compliance with the AIUM documentation guideline.


Approved: 10/07/1997; Reapproved: 11/11/2001, 03/27/2010, 03/25/2015

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