HumanInsight Small Animal Teleultrasound
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2022 Sep;52(5):1141-1151. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2022.05.004.
Teleradiology is well established in many small animal practices, whereas teleultrasound is slowly gaining prominence. The demand for teleultrasound services in the veterinary profession has increased substantially because access to ultrasound to general practitioners increases faster than the number of imaging specialists and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) becomes part of the standard of care. Two main methods of teleultrasound currently exist: asynchronous (eg, "store-and-forward") and synchronous (eg, real-time) interpretations. Few standardized protocols for teleultrasound in small animals are available. Similarly, there are no standardized training programs for sonographic examination acquisition and interpretation outside of the traditional diagnostic imaging residency under the purview of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. The success of a telesonographic evaluation largely depends on the relationship between the veterinarian requesting remote assistance and the expert providing support.
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