Practice Topics

From specialty areas to research arenas to cutting-edge medical procedures, ultrasound impacts the practice and delivery of medical care.

Explore the topics below as each contains medial ultrasound information, peer-reviewed articles, research results, helpful resources, and educational components.

  • Obstetric
    Obstetric Ultrasound

    This topic addresses all aspects of obstetric ultrasound.

  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound

    Point-of-Care Ultrasound, or POCUS, brings portable ultrasound technology directly to the patient's bedside. It provides real-time visualization of anatomical structures, aiding clinicians in making immediate assessments and informed treatment decisions.

    POCUS is versatile, supporting a wide range of clinical applications from assessing trauma injuries to guiding procedures like vascular access and nerve blocks. Its portability reduces the need for patient transport and enables quick interventions in emergency situations. With no ionizing radiation involved, POCUS offers a safer imaging alternative, particularly for vulnerable populations. Ultimately, POCUS enhances patient care by delivering timely diagnostics and improving clinical outcomes.

    Join the AIUM's POCUS community by getting started here.  We also invite you to explore our education, training guidelines, practice parameters, official statements, and case challenges for members below. 

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    This topic focuses on the sonographic imaging of the musculoskeletal system.

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    Basic Science and Instrumentation

    This topic explores the science and technology associated with medical ultrasound, including diagnostic applications of ultrasound, bioeffects, and technological advancement.

  • Gynecologic Ultrasound

    This topic focuses on sonographic imaging of the female pelvis that includes the uterus and ovaries and, when appropriate, the fallopian tube.

  • General and Abdominal Ultrasound

    This topic covers everything from general abdominal imaging to thyroid, breast, and more.

  • Fetal Echocardiography

    This topic focuses on the evaluation of the fetal heart with ultrasound imaging, including assessment of structural and functional aspects of the fetal cardiovascular system and feto-placental circulation.

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    Cardiovascular Ultrasound

    This topic explores the science and practice of both cardiac and vascular ultrasound.

  • Contrast
    Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound

    This topic focuses on the development of ultrasound contrast agents and their safe and efficacious use for ultrasound examinations.

  • Dermatology

    This topic focuses on  applications and development of ultrasound in dermatology.

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    Artificial Intelligence in Ultrasound

    Artificial intelligence is transforming how medical professionals use ultrasound. Today, artificial intelligence can assist with examination accuracy, diagnoses, measurements, and more. Explore the growing role artificial intelligence plays in patient care.

  • Elastography

    This topic covers the use of the various forms of ultrasound elastography for disease diagnosis and monitoring throughout the body.

  • High Frequency Clinical and Preclinical Imaging

    This topic focuses on the development of high and very high frequency ultrasound techniques in areas such as pre-clinical animal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, dermatology, dental and many other applications.

  • Interventional-Intraoperative Ultrasound

    This topic covers both diagnosis and treatment in invasive procedures, including percutaneous interventions, as well as surgical procedures performed in the operating room.

  • Neurosonology

    This topic focuses on sonography of the brain, cerebral circulation, the spine, and all peripheral nerves and muscles.

  • Pediatric Ultrasound

    This topic covers the use of ultrasound in diagnosing and treating children's diseases.

  • Therapeutic Ultrasound

    This topic focuses on the development and application of ultrasound for therapeutic purposes. Topics of interest include high-intensity therapeutic ultrasound, targeted drug delivery, blood-brain-barrier opening, MSK applications, and neuronal stimulation.

  • Ultrasound in Global Health

    This topic addresses the potential that ultrasound has to improve healthcare in limited resource communities around the world.

  • Ultrasound in Medical Education

    This topic focuses on the integration of ultrasound into resident and student education. It addresses content, modes of delivery, and assessment of competency of learners.

  • Urology

    This topic focuses on applications of ultrasound to the genitourinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, urethra, penis and testicles). Topics of interest include diagnostic evaluation for infertility, trauma and cancer as well as ultrasound guided treatment for these diseases.

  • Sonography

    A diagnostic medical sonographer uses ultrasound equipment to form images of many parts of the body used to help doctors diagnose and treat many medical conditions.

    Ensure your practice and performance of ultrasound exams are safe for you and the patient with these resources on topics including quality assurance, labeling of images, preventing work-related injuries, and more.

    Resources for sonographers:

    AIUM membership benefits sonographers across all specialties and disciplines. Join fellow members of the ultrasound community in staying up to date on industry standards, procedures, and innovations. And gain access to leading ultrasound education, training, and research. 


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