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March 22, 2016- Educational and Credentialing in Pain Medicine Ultrasonography
Ultrasound guidance and diagnostic imaging have established their role in routine practice of the pain medicine. Recent rapid developments of new models of care and the embracing of novel methods developed by ultrasound pioneers have caught educators off guard. Multiple questions remained unanswered for those teaching the various pain medicine ultrasound procedures: What is the evidence supporting the proposed methods? Which technique is best in specific situations and why? How should the experience and credibility of experts be evaluated? What are the best educational models? Perhaps most importantly, how do you evaluate the competency of individuals being trained in ultrasound-guided procedures?
If you are interested in a pioneer expert opinion regarding this topics you are invited to read the full article "Education and Credentialing in Pain Medicine Ultrasonography: Challenges and Optimism" at http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Review-Articles/Article/03-16/Education-and-Credentialing-in-Pain-Medicine-Ultrasonography-Challenges-and-Optimism/35479
Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine: Opening the Third Eye
Up until the early 2000th pain medicine, orthopedics and other specialties expressed a little interest in ultrasonography. Advanced pain practices usually use fluoroscopy, which is accurate when bony structures are targeted, but cannot be used to identify soft tissue, including nerves and blood vessels. Bony landmarks are thus used as a surrogate target, assuming the nerves or joint spaces are located nearby. Therefore, fluoroscopy is not ideal for procedures that target soft tissue. On the other hand, and even more worrisome, millions of injections intended to treat pain are performed with no imaging at all.
Does ultrasonography offer hope in terms of expanding the use of imaging for pain diagnosis and treatment, or enhancing knowledge of pain conditions?
Read the full article “Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine: Opening the Third Eye” at http://www.iasp-pain.org/PublicationsNews/NewsletterIssue.aspx?ItemNumber=2069
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