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Ultrasound service standards published

7 January, 2015

Produced jointly by the Society and College of Radiographers and The Royal College of Radiologists, the 30-page ‘Standards for the provision of an ultrasound service’ document sets standards in key areas that are seen as essential for the delivery of high-quality and effective ultrasound imaging services and examinations.

Nigel Thomson, the Society’s Professional Officer (Ultrasound) welcomed the publication, saying: “The aim of the document is to clarify the components of a clinically safe and efficient ultrasound service.

“There is therefore much valuable advice within the document on topics such as quality assurance, training and education, report writing and sonographer audit. The standards and their accompanying advice apply to all sectors of ultrasound service delivery and therefore have relevance for the whole ultrasound community.”

It is now intended to update the 2008 United Kingdom Association of Sonographer (UKAS) Guidelines for Professional Working Standards. These will hopefully be ready for the third quarter of this year (2015) and will address aspects of service delivery not covered by this document.