Safe Use of Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound has been used effectively in medicine for over seventy years. Therapeutic ultrasound applications are designed to produce biological effects in tissues for patient benefit [1]. Normal tissue can be damaged or affected, along with the intended target tissue, if the treatment is not properly performed. Therefore, practitioners of these modalities must be well trained on the safe and effective use of the device, knowledgeable about possible adverse bioeffects, and employ considerable care in performing therapeutic ultrasound procedures.

  1. Miller DL, Smith NB, Bailey MR, Czarnota GJ, Hynynen K, Makin IR; Bioeffects Committee of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Overview of therapeutic ultrasound applications and safety considerations. J Ultrasound Med 2012 Apr;31(4):623-34.


Approved: 03/29/2017;

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