Practice Parameters

AIUM practice parameters are intended to provide the medical ultrasound community with guidelines for the performance and recording of high-quality ultrasound examinations. The parameters 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 parameters in three forms:

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

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

Video Tutorial—These step-by-step instructional videos show users how to adhere to the parameters. 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 | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Abdominal Aorta
PDF | Video Tutorial

Breast * †
PDF

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
PDF | Video Tutorial

Documentation
PDF

Extracranial Cerebrovascular
PDF | Image Library

Extremity Arteries
PDF

FAST
PDF

Female Pelvis *
PDF | Image Library

Fetal Echocardiography *
PDF | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Focused Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
PDF | Image Library

Head and Neck (AAO-HNS) *
PDF | Video Tutorial

Musculoskeletal *
PDF | Video Tutorial

Native Renal Artery
PDF

Neonatal Spine
PDF | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Neurosonography in Neonates and Infants
PDF | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Obstetric (Standard) *
PDF | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Limited Obstetric for Advanced Clinical Providers *
PDF

Peripheral Arterial
PDF

Peripheral Venous
PDF

Point of Care
PDF

Postoperative Dialysis Access
PDF

Preoperative Dialysis Access
PDF

Prostate & Surrounding Structures
PDF | Image Library

Reproductive Medicine
PDF

Scrotal
PDF | Image Library

Solid-Organ Transplants
PDF

Sonohysterography
PDF | Image Library

Extracranial Head and Neck *
PDF | Video Tutorial

Transcranial Doppler
PDF | Image Library

Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
PDF

Urogynecology
PDF

Urology *
PDF | Image Library | Video Tutorial

Vascular Access
PDF

* The AIUM offers practice accreditation for these specialties. View more information.
AIUM-accredited practices are expected to generally follow the parameters with recognition that deviations from these parameters 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 Parameter for the Performance of a Breast Ultrasound Examination. In its place, we have adopted the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Practice Parameter for the Performance of a Breast Ultrasound Examination.