In recent years as a result of decreasing prices and the increasing availability of portable systems, ultrasonography (US), which historically has primarily been the domain of radiologists, has become more widely available to non-radiologists as well. This has increased the use of point-of-care paediatric US performed by non-radiologists. With this scoping review, focused on abdominal imaging, we aim to gain an overview of the current practices in the paediatric setting and to assess its impact in daily practice. We present the background and study design of a scoping review for non-radiologist-performed abdominal point-of-care paediatric US using a formal scoping framework. The information shall be derived from published studies. We will submit the review report to a peer-reviewed scientific journal and explore other scientific venues for presenting the work. Based on the completed review, the officers of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology will issue a position statement on non-radiologist-performed point-of-care paediatric US.
van Wassenaer, E. A., Daams, J. G., Benninga, M. A., Rosendahl, K., Koot, B. G. P., Stafrace, S., ... van Rijn, R. R. (2019). The current status of non-radiologist-performed abdominal ultrasonography in paediatrics – a scoping literature review protocol. Pediatric Radiology, 49(10), 1249-1252. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00247-019-04452-y