Training Guidelines for Physicians Who Evaluate and Interpret Diagnostic Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Ultrasound Examinations

Physicians who evaluate and interpret diagnostic ultrasound examinations should be licensed medical practitioners who have a thorough understanding of the indication and guidelines for ultrasound examinations as well as familiarity with the basic physical principles and limitations of the technology of ultrasound imaging. They should be familiar with alternative and complementary imaging and diagnostic procedures and should be capable of correlating the results of these other procedures with the ultrasound examination findings. They should have an understanding of ultrasound technology and instrumentation, ultrasound power output, equipment calibration, and safety. Physicians responsible for ultrasound examinations should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of those organs or anatomic areas that are being examined. These physicians should provide evidence of training and requisite competence needed to successfully perform and interpret diagnostic ultrasound examinations in the area(s) they practice. The training should include methods of documentation and reporting of ultrasound studies. Physicians performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations should meet the following:
 
Completion of training in “Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)” as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is accepted as proof of sufficient training for the performance of the FAST Examination.
 

Approved: 04/10/2013;

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