Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging standards in the UK: British Society of Skeletal Radiologists (BSSR) position statement

Br J Radiol. 2021 May 1;94(1121):20210198. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20210198. Epub 2021 Apr 1.


There has been some concern expressed by UK regulator, the Professional Standards Authority regarding the risks arising from Independent sonographer practices. The Professional Standards Authority presented evidence demonstrating that there are instances of harm occurring because of errors made by non-radiologists performing musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS), particularly MSKUS-guided interventions. This document summarises British Society of Skeletal Radiologists position for Musculoskeletal use of ultrasound in UK, representing the agreed consensus of experts from the British Society of Skeletal Radiologists Ultrasound committee. The purpose of this position statement is to review the current practices affecting the delivery of MSKUS. Recommendations are given for education and training, audit and clinical governance, reporting, and medicolegal issues.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors
  • Musculoskeletal System / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiology / standards*
  • Societies, Medical / standards*
  • Ultrasonics / education*
  • Ultrasonography / standards*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / standards
  • United Kingdom