What is POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound)?

  • Ultrasonography brought to the patient and performed by a health care provider in conjunction with the clinical examination in real time.

  • Allows findings to be directly correlated with the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.

  • Allows real-time dynamic image interpretation (rather than images recorded by a sonographer and interpreted later).

  • Allows goal-directed, simplified, problem-based assessments (generally qualitative and binomial; rather than quantitative and descriptive).

  • Allows the provider to maintain expected workflow (time sensitive and repeatable).

  • Allows images to be archived for clinical, education, research and quality assurance purposes.


    Associated terms for POCUS include clinical ultrasound, bedside ultrasound, focused ultrasound, emergency ultrasound and limited ultrasound.  

Who uses POCUS today?

POCUS is used by a growing number of paediatric specialties:

  • Anesthesia

  • Cardiology

  • Critical Care Medicine

  • Dermatology

  • Emergency Medicine

  • General Surgery

  • Gynecology

  • Neonatology

  • Neurosurgery

  • Obstetrics

  • Oncology

  • Ophthalmology

  • Orthopedics

  • Pediatrics

  • Respirology

  • Rheumatology

  • Sports Medicine

  • Urology