Recent technological innovations have “miniaturized” ultrasound devices, and these hand-held devices are having a significant impact on healthcare around the world. And the market is growing. According to research firm Market Data forecast, the global portable ultrasound market was worth $3.91 billion in 2020, and estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% to reach $5.59 billion by 2025.

Hand-held ultrasounds are making the technology more readily available to a wider variety of healthcare professionals and affordable to smaller clinics and for use in limited resource communities. However, proper training on how to use them correctly and accurately is absolutely paramount. Misuse of these machines can lead to an incorrect diagnosis, further harm or even death. To mitigate risk, there needs to be an increase in usage standards, and healthcare professionals need to receive proper training and certification.

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