n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - FASH - Focused Assessment with Sonography for HIV/TB - a practical manual, Tom Heller : book review

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The emergence of high quality, yet affordable portable ultrasound devices during the past decade has brought the ultrasound examination out of imaging services to the patients' bedside. Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound is increasingly practised throughout various medical disciplines. Simplified and targeted ultrasound protocols, applied by the attending clinician or medical staff, allow instantaneous assessment of clinically relevant questions. Time to diagnosis can be shortened, referrals can be avoided, and resources can be saved. POC ultrasound requires little training and is a safe and effective tool, with particular value for resource-limited settings where imaging modalities are often restricted.

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