Current descriptions of ultrasound evaluations, including use of the term “point-of-care ultrasound” (POCUS), are imprecise because they are predicated on distinctions based on the device used to obtain images, the location where the images were obtained, the provider who obtained the images, or the focus of the examination. This is confusing because it does not account for more meaningful distinctions based on the setting, comprehensiveness, and completeness of the evaluation. In this article, the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the members of the American College of Radiology Ultrasound Commission articulate a map of the ultrasound landscape that divides sonographic evaluations into four distinct categories on the basis of setting, comprehensiveness, and completeness. Details of this classification scheme are elaborated, including important clarifications regarding what ensures comprehensiveness and completeness. Practical implications of this framework for future research and reimbursement paradigms are highlighted.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging