Moving Beyond the Stethoscope: Diagnostic Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Pediatric Practice

Pediatrics. 2019 Oct;144(4):e20191402. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-1402. Epub 2019 Sep 3.


Diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a growing field across all disciplines of pediatric practice. Machine accessibility and portability will only continue to grow, thus increasing exposure to this technology for both providers and patients. Individuals seeking training in POCUS should first identify their scope of practice to determine appropriate applications within their clinical setting, a few of which are discussed within this article. Efforts to build standardized POCUS infrastructure within specialties and institutions are ongoing with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Artifacts
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Digestive System Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Pediatrics*
  • Persistent Fetal Circulation Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Stroke Volume
  • Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasonography*
  • Vomiting / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnostic imaging