ACVR and ECVDI consensus statement for the standardization of the abdominal ultrasound examination

Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2022 Nov;63(6):661-674. doi: 10.1111/vru.13151. Epub 2022 Oct 3.


This consensus statement is designed to provide a standard of care document and describes the ACVR and ECVDI definition for performing a standard abdominal ultrasound examination in dogs and cats. The ACVR and ECVDI define a standard abdominal ultrasonographic examination as a complete exam of the abdominal organs which is appropriately documented. The consensus statement intends to provide guidance to veterinary sonographers and veterinarians for the performance and documentation of high-quality diagnostic ultrasound examination. The document may also serve as a teaching aid for veterinary students, veterinarians, and residents in diagnostic imaging who seek proficiency in diagnostic ultrasound. Finally, it may serve an additional role in educating the public as to what a high-quality abdominal ultrasound examination should entail.

Keywords: abdominal; consensus; standard; ultrasound.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Dogs
  • Reference Standards
  • Ultrasonography / methods
  • Ultrasonography / veterinary