Ultrasound safety questionaire

The BMUS physics and safety group would like to ask a few questions regarding the safety aspects of ultrasound. The questionnaire is about general awareness and is anonymised so please answer as truthfully as possible, without looking anything up and the whole process should only take a couple of minutes

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* 1. What is your job role?

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* 2. On average how many ultrasound scans do you perform per week

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* 3. Have you ever done obstetric ultrasound

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* 4. Are you involved in teaching ultrasound to registrars or trainee sonographers/other AHPs?

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* 5. Which department do you work in?

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* 6. Were you aware that BMUS had a Physics and safety committee?

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* 7. If so, what do you think the role of the group is?

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* 8. Do you know what ECMUS is?

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* 9. Are you aware that BMUS had guidelines on...(tick all that apply)?

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* 10. Who has ultimate responsibility for the patient's safety during an ultrasound scan

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* 11. What does TI stand for?

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* 12. What is the difference between TIB, TIS and TIC

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* 13. What does MI stand for?

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* 14. What type of Bio-effect does TI relate to?

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* 15. What type of bioeffect does MI relate to?

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* 16. What is ALARA?

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* 17. Do you ever change the power output during an examination?

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* 18. Do you think the following ever poses additional safety risks

  Yes No Not sure
Doppler ultrasound (compared to B-mode)
Contrast enhanced ultrasound
Shearwave elastography

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* 19. Is TI and MI displayed by the machine during examinations?

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* 20. Do you monitor TI and MI during examinations?

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* 21. Does the TI/MI ever change how you scan

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* 22. If you mentor or teach trainees, are MI/TI part of the trainee discussion?

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* 23. Do you refer your trainees to the BMUS safety guidelines?

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* 24. Where would you find the BMUS safety guidelines?

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* 25. If you are a requestor of examinations, do you have to do a mandatory training package on safety aspects of radiology, and if so, is ultrasound safety included

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* 26. What might you consider doing if you are scanning a foetus or neonate and you realise that your TI is > 2.0 or your MI is >0.3 ?

  TI greater than 2.0 MI greater than 0.3
Turn down the overall gain
Minimise use of Doppler techniques
Turn down the power output
Minimise overall scan time
Narrow sector width
Read zoom to area of interest only
Minimise time spent looking at structures such as the brain and spine
Minimise time spent looking at structures such as the lungs
Minimise time spent looking at structures such as the intestines
Abandon the examination
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