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Point-of-care ultrasound is now performed in the paediatric unit at Hôpital de La Tour

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an ultrasound scan performed by health professionals directly at the patient’s bedside. This technique has several benefits for both the patient and doctor, who performs this scan as part of his or her clinical examination.

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. This screening examination is less powerful than a standard ultrasound scan but it means that patients do not have to go to the radiology department, making it a much more comfortable and convenient experience for those who cannot move easily.

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.

POCUS services at Hôpital de La Tour

POCUS is performed throughout Hôpital de La Tour, including in the emergency department, intensive care unit, surgical suite and sports medicine centre.