Recent Developments in Tele-Ultrasonography

Curr Health Sci J. Apr-Jun 2018;44(2):101-106. doi: 10.12865/CHSJ.44.02.01. Epub 2018 Mar 27.

Abstract

A long-standing trend that will continue to grow in healthcare is providing high quality services for all the patient, no matter the distance and no matter the place. One approach currently being used to increase population access to healthcare services is telemedicine. This narrative review presents one branch of e-health, in particular the use of teleultrasonography (TUS) in clinical practice, the challenges and barriers encountered. Current advances in ultrasound technology, including the growth of portable and small ultrasound devices have increased the range of applications of TUS, from traumatic patients in emergency medicine, maternal ultrasound and even for monitoring and screening for chronic illnesses. Even though some barriers are still looking for a solution, like standardized training and protocols, errors in data acquisition, the lack of trained professionals to operate in remote areas, TUS has the potential to redesign future health care systems.

Keywords: remote medicine; telemedicine; teleultrasonography.