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The potential of point-of-care ultrasound in UK general practice

Poppleton, Aaron; Pursglove, Lee; Leceaga, Eva; Dupont, Fabian; Hagiu, Dragos-Paul; Andersen, Camilla


Lee Pursglove

Eva Leceaga

Fabian Dupont

Dragos-Paul Hagiu

Camilla Andersen


Ultrasound has been described as the stethoscope for the 21st century. It can rapidly answer a specific clinical question or support a procedure. Use of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) by doctors has increased in the UK and internationally over the past decade. Training in PoCUS is now a core part of some undergraduate and postgraduate learning curricula. The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA Europe) has endorsed use of PoCUS in general practice. The rapid uptake of PoCUS in primary care in other countries suggests that the UK may soon follow suit. This article aims to provide an overview of PoCUS in primary care, including what PoCUS is, its current and potential use within primary care, limitations, legal considerations, and resources to develop an interest and skill in PoCUS as a GP in the UK.


Poppleton, A., Pursglove, L., Leceaga, E., Dupont, F., Hagiu, D.-P., & Andersen, C. (in press). The potential of point-of-care ultrasound in UK general practice. InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice,

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 18, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2024
Journal InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice
Print ISSN 1755-7380
Electronic ISSN 1755-7399
Publisher Royal College of General Practitioners
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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