Ultrasound imaging in the National Health Service abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme

Jonothan J. Earnshaw

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Abstract

A screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm commenced in England in April 2009. Once rolled out across the country, it is estimated that up to 50% of deaths from ruptured aortic aneurysm will be prevented. Ultrasound imaging of the aorta is the screening test at the core of the programme. Screening will be done by technicians who have had specific training in imaging the aorta. A training programme is being organized that accredits technicians to national standards. There will be a quality assurance programme that will underpin the screening service, analysing both technicians and ultrasound machines. Also, there will be continuing professional development for the technicians to allow them career progression. Finally, the size of the programme will be an incentive for ultrasound machine manufacturers to produce dedicated equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-169
Number of pages3
JournalUltrasound
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Population screening
  • Ultrasound imaging

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