POCUS enables doctors to perform a more advanced physical examination and also establish a diagnosis much more quickly.
How is POCUS different to a standard ultrasound scan?
A standard ultrasound scan is performed by a radiologist and is used to examine an organ or a specific region of the body. It is often very detailed and helps the doctor to establish a diagnosis based on the findings from the radiologist.
In contrast, POCUS is performed directly by the doctor at the patient’s bedside and forms an important part of the physical examination. It can therefore detect any problems much quicker than a standard ultrasound scan. It also leads to a better understanding as patients can look at the images together with their doctor.
Advances in technology have made it possible to develop this technique even further with smaller and easier-to-use POCUS devices. As a result, ultrasound scans can now be performed outside of hospitals, including in ambulances and helicopters.