Ultraschall Med 2019; 40(01): 30-39
DOI: 10.1055/a-0783-2303
Guidelines & Recommendations
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The Use of Handheld Ultrasound Devices – An EFSUMB Position Paper

Die Anwendung handgeführter Ultraschallgeräte – Ein EFSUMB Positionspapier
Michael Bachmann Nielsen
1   Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Vito Cantisani
2   Department of Radiological Sciences, Policlinico Umberto I, University Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Paul S. Sidhu
3   Department of Radiology, King’s College London, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Radu Badea
4   Ultrasound Department, 3 rd Medical Clinic, Institute of Gastroenterolgy and Hepatology “Octavian Fodor” Cluj Napoca, Romania
Tomasz Batko
5   Ultrasound and Biopsy Diagnostics Lab at the Clinic of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
Jonathan Carlsen
1   Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Michel Claudon
6   Department of Radiology, CHRU Nancy, University of Lorraine, Inserm, IADI, F-54000 NANCY, France
Caroline Ewertsen
1   Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Carmen Garre
7   Servicio de Aparato Digestivo Hospital Universitarios Virgen de la Arrixaca, Carretera de Cartagena s/n. El Palmar, Murcia Spain
Jordan Genov
8   Department of Hepatology, Clinic of Gastroenterology, University Hospital "TsaritsaYoanna – ISUL", Sofia, Bulgaria
Odd Helge Gilja
9   National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Haukeland, University Hospital, Bergen, and Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway
Roald Havre
10   Department of Medicine, National Centre for Ultrasound in Gastroenterology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
Mateusz Kosiak
11   Medical Centre in Puck, 16 Armii Wojska Polskiego Puck, Poland
Wojciek Kosiak
5   Ultrasound and Biopsy Diagnostics Lab at the Clinic of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
James Pilcher
12   Department of Radiology, St George’s Hospital London, UK
Helmut Prosch
13   Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna General Hospital, Währingergürtel, Vienna, Austria
Maija Radzina
14   Diagnostic Radiology Institute, Paula Stradina clinical university hospital, Riga, Latvia
Vasileios Rafailidis
3   Department of Radiology, King’s College London, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Alexander Rykkje
1   Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Andreas Serra
15   Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Klinik Hirslanden, Zürich
Alexandros Sotiriadis
16   Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Medical School
Mia Østergaard
1   Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Christoph F. Dietrich
17   Department of Internal Medicine 2, Caritas-Krankenhaus, Bad Mergentheim, Sino-German Research Center of Ultrasound in Medicine, Department of Medical Ultrasound, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
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Publication History

09 May 2018

18 October 2018

Publication Date:
21 December 2018 (online)


The miniaturization of ultrasound equipment in the form of tablet- or smartphone-sized ultrasound equipment is a result of the rapid evolution of technology and handheld ultrasound devices (HHUSD). This position paper of the European Federation of Societies in Ultrasound and Medicine (EFSUMB) assesses the current status of HHUSD in abdominal ultrasound, pediatric ultrasound, targeted echocardiography and heart ultrasound, and we will report position comments on the most common clinical applications. Also included is a SWOT (Strength – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats) analysis, the use for handheld devices for medical students, educational & training aspects, documentation, storage and safety considerations.


Die Verkleinerung von handlichen zu handgeführten Ultraschallgeräten mit einer Größe und Form von Tablets bzw. Smartphones ist das Ergebnis einer rasanten Technologieentwicklung. Dieses Positionspapier der Europäischen Ultraschallgesellschaft (EFSUMB, European Federation of Societies in Ultrasound and Medicine) beschreibt aktuelle Anwendungen von kleinen und kleinsten Ultraschallgeräten am Thorax und Abdomen. Häufige angewandte Applikationen werden beschrieben. Das Positionspapier beinhaltet auch eine SWOT-Analyse (Strength – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats). Anwendungen durch Medizinstudenten sowie Ausbildungs- und Trainingsaspekte, Dokumentation, Speicherung von Daten sowie Sicherheitsaspekte werden beleuchtet.

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