David B. Case, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Cornell University Weill College of Medicine in New York
John E. Postley, MD, FACP, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University.
The authors discuss that the turf wars of several years ago have given way to discussion regarding the appropriate use of ultrasound at the point of care across medical specialties including obstetrics, cardiology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, musculoskeletal and beyond. Given ultrasound’s benefits and cost effectiveness, the authors express concern about reduced access to this potentially life-saving technology either by regulation or by reducing reimbursement jeopardizing patient safety and care while increasing health care costs.