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The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students, and other health care providers. Established more than 50 years ago, the AIUM is dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.

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Membership Statistics

Membership Statistics

9726 total members
662 international members representing more than 80 countries

56% Physicians
31% Nonphysicians
  2% Retired
  4% Early Career
  7% Students/Fellows

(As of September, 2016)

Membership Interests

12% Basic Science and Instrumentation
12% Cardiovascular Ultrasound
  6% Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound
  1% Dermatologic Ultrasound
  5% Elastography
22% Fetal Echocardiography
27% General/Abdominal Ultrasound
43% Gynecologic Ultrasound
  5% High Frequency Clinical and Preclinical Imaging
10% Interventional/Intraoperative Ultrasound
18% Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  8% Neurosonology
60% Obstetric Ultrasound
13% Pediatric Ultrasound
15% Point-of-Care Ultrasound
21% Sonography
  5% Therapeutic Ultrasound
  6% Ultrasound in Global Health
  9% Ultrasound in Medical Eduation
(Members may identify more than one interest area.)

Guidelines and Statements

Practice Guidelines

The AIUM has published more than 25 Guidelines for the Performance of Ultrasound Examinations which include information on equipment, documentation, and guidelines for a sonographic examination. The AIUM has a long history of collaboration in guideline development with several related organizations including the American College of Radiology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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Official Statements

The AIUM provides formal position statements on relevant topics, including safety, training, and other ultrasound-related issues.
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Common Inquiries

Practice Accreditation

AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that encourages practices to meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound.
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Entertainment/Keepsake Ultrasound

Using ultrasound for entertainment purposes has long been a controversial issue within the ultrasound community, as many, including the AIUM, are concerned that this casual use of ultrasound may have harmful repercussions. View materials published by the AIUM on this topic and related information.
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An important part of the AIUM's mission is to promote the safe and effective use of ultrasound. The Bioeffects Committee of the AIUM is charged with continually monitoring and evaluating research to determine the interaction of ultrasound with biological tissues and its clinical significance. These literature reviews are periodically published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

As part of the ongoing effort to assess the safety of diagnostic ultrasound, the AIUM periodically sponsors consensus conferences of multidisciplinary ultrasound experts to assess the evidence associated with the bioeffects of ultrasound. The resulting consensus documents provide information such as an overview of the scientific information, the range of ultrasound bioeffects in vivo, the relevance of these effects to diagnostic imaging, summary statements, recommendations and conclusions concerning the safety of diagnostic ultrasound.


Annual Convention & Postgraduate Courses

Offering a multitude of continuing medical education opportunities for ultrasound professionals of all experience levels, the AIUM's Annual Convention is a convenient meeting place to share ideas, the latest research, new developments, and innovations in diagnostic ultrasound. Postgraduate courses offer participants the opportunity to refresh skills and attend conveniently located courses that provide state-of-the-art reviews of ultrasound applications.

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The AIUM is directed by a Board of Governors and Executive Committee who are assisted by committees and a Council of Communities, representing many ultrasound specialties.

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Media Contact

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