Training Guidelines for Physicians Who Evaluate and Interpret Diagnostic Detailed Fetal Anatomic Ultrasound Examinations
Physicians who perform and/or interpret diagnostic detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examinations should be licensed medical practitioners who have a thorough understanding of the indications and guidelines for detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examinations as well as familiarity with the basic physical principles and limitations of the technology of ultrasound imaging. They should be familiar with alternative and complementary imaging and diagnostic procedures and should be capable of correlating the results of these other procedures with the ultrasound examination findings. They should have an understanding of ultrasound technology and instrumentation, ultrasound power output, equipment calibration, and safety. Physicians responsible for ultrasound examinations should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of those organs or anatomic areas that are being examined. Performance and interpretation of a detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examination require advanced skills and knowledge.
Physicians performing and/or interpreting diagnostic detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examinations should meet 1 of the following:
Maintenance of Competence
Physicians performing detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examinations should demonstrate evidence of continuing competence in the interpretation and reporting of those examinations. A minimum of 100 diagnostic detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examinations per year, including the performance, interpretation and/or review of 10 abnormal examinations is recommended to maintain the physician's skills.
Continuing Medical Education
The physician should complete 10 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ specific to detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound every 3 years.
*A qualified physician is one who, at minimum, meets the criteria defined above in this document. Details on specific requirements for supervision are available in the “Consensus Report on the Detailed Fetal Anatomic Ultrasound Examination: Indications, Components, and Qualifications” (J Ultrasound Med 2014; 33:189–195).
**One hundred detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound evaluations were selected as a minimum number needed to gain experience and proficiency with sonography as a diagnostic modality. This is necessary to develop technical skills, to appreciate the practical applications of basic physics as it affects image quality and artifact formation, and to acquire an experience base for understanding the range of normal and recognizing deviations from normal.
Approved 10/31/2015, 03/25/2018
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