Imaging of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels using ultrasound not only provides clear images, but also has no radiation and does not affect the health of patients or operating physicians. Therefore, mastering the technology of wireless portable ultrasound is likely to become a necessary skill for future doctors. The use of portable ultrasound equipment in the future may be as ubiquitous as the stethoscope as a professional tool for physicians, highlighting the importance of portable devices for precision treatment.
As a teaching doctor in a large hospital, the most difficult problem is how to ensure patient safety while providing opportunities for interns and resident physicians to gain hands-on experience. The use of wireless portable ultrasound can solve this problem. For example, before allowing students to perform internal jugular vein puncture, students can first identify their puncture site and direction, mark it, and then use portable ultrasound to check the position. In several instances, students incorrectly targeted the carotid artery, and their mistakes were corrected in time, avoiding patient injury. This method has gradually been applied to invasive puncture operation teaching, such as arterial puncture, intrathecal anesthesia, and cricothyroidotomy teaching, significantly improving patient safety during student operations and the success rate of clinical teaching.
In the past, the use of ultrasound in pain diagnosis and treatment was not emphasized. The main method was to blindly inject drugs into possible regions based on superficial anatomical landmarks, resulting in poor efficacy. Wireless portable ultrasound is convenient, easy to carry, and can be used in pain clinics to significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment. For example, when the patient is experiencing shoulder pain due to suspected muscle inflammation, carpal tunnel syndrome, compression of the median nerve, or cervical spondylosis or rotator cuff syndrome, a small amount of anti-inflammatory drugs can be directly injected into the suspected inflammatory pain point in the outpatient clinic. The patient's symptoms and corresponding complaints can provide a basis for diagnosis and treatment.
In conclusion, in the future, with the advancement and further popularization of wireless portable ultrasound technology, it is believed that every anesthesiologist, pain physician, and even all clinical physicians will be equipped with a wireless portable ultrasound like a stethoscope. Ultrasound technology is a necessary tool for every specialized clinical physician and can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment at the patient's bedside from the very beginning. It is recommended that young doctors must master ultrasound technology, which will undoubtedly reduce many mistakes and enable faster professional growth in their future clinical work.