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Table 5 Clinical indications of ultrasound for current and future use

From: The use of ultrasound in primary care: longitudinal billing and cross-sectional survey study in Switzerland

  Present use Anticipated use
Current users Non-users
Total n = 54 n = 25 n = 7
Abdomena 54 (100) 16 (64) 7 (100)
Liver disease assessment, n (%) 48 (89) 2 (13) 4 (57)
Splenomegaly, n (%) 48 (89) 2 (13) 6 (86)
Pancreas assessment, n (%) 38 (70) 4 (25) 4 (57)
Cholecystolithiasis, n (%) 49 (91) 4 (25) 7 (100)
Cholecystitis, n (%) 46 (85) 6 (38) 6 (86)
Obstructive jaundice, n (%) 42 (78) 6 (38) 4 (57)
Free fluid in the abdomen, n (%) 50 (93) 4 (25) 7 (100)
Renal colic, n (%) 44 (81) 5 (31) 5 (71)
Kidney congestion, n (%) 50 (93) 4 (25) 5 (71)
Appendicitis, n (%) 36 (67) 6 (38) 3 (43)
Diverticulitis, n (%) 30 (56) 5 (31) 4 (57)
Hernia, n (%) 24 (44) 6 (38) 2 (29)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm, n (%) 42 (78) 6 (38) 5 (71)
Abdominal trauma, n (%) 33 (61) 2 (13) 5 (71)
Irritable bowel disease, n (%) 18 (33) 4 (25) 2 (29)
Bladder diseases, n (%) 37 (69) 4 (25) 5 (71)
Bladder filling condition, n (%) 49 (91) 2 (13) 7 (100)
Evaluation of the prostate, n (%) 40 (74) 3 (19) 4 (57)
Testicular torsion, n (%) 16 (30) 4 (25) 1 (14)
Testicular pain, n (%) 24 (44) 3 (19) 1 (14)
Testicular inflammation, n (%) 20 (37) 3 (19) 1 (14)
Cardiaca 34 (63) 11 (44) 6 (86)
Pericardial effusion, n (%) 33 (97) 4 (36) 6 (100)
Evaluation of ventricular size and function, n (%) 4 (12) 8 (73) 1 (17)
Undifferentiated hypotension, n (%) 6 (18) 6 (55)
Valvular assessment, n (%) 2 (6) 5 (45) 1 (17)
Vasculara 32 (59) 13 (52) 1 (14)
Deep venous thrombosis, n (%) 28 (88) 8 (62) 1 (100)
Intima-media thickness / Carotid plaque, n (%) 17 (53) 4 (31)
Jugular venous distention, n (%) 5 (16) 4 (31) 1 (100)
Thoracica 45 (83) 15 (60) 6 (86)
Pneumothorax, n (%) 19 (42) 10 (67) 3 (50)
Pleural effusion, n (%) 42 (93) 5 (33) 4 (67)
Ribs fractures, n (%) 25 (56) 10 (67) 5 (83)
Chest painORShortness of breathORDyspnea, n (%) 11 (24) 5 (33) 1 (17)
Auscultatory Changes in the lungs, n (%) 9 (20) 7 (47) 1 (17)
Chest trauma, n (%) 14 (31) 6 (40) 3 (50)
Women’s Reproductive Healtha 14 (26) 3 (12)
Ovarian pathology, n (%) 12 (86) 3 (100)
First term pregnancy, n (%) 5 (36) 2 (67)
Ruptured ectopic pregnancy, n (%) 3 (21) 2 (67)
Abnormal vaginal Bleeding, n (%) 6 (43) 2 (67)
Uterine ultrasoundORuterine mass assessment, n (%) 11 (79) 2 (67)
Musculoskeletal & Other conditionsa 43 (80) 17 (68) 3 (43)
Fracture, n (%) 12 (28) 8 (47) 2 (67)
Joint effusion, tendon or ligament rupture, n (%) 21 (49) 6 (35) 3 (100)
Joint assessment and muscular injuries, n (%) 16 (37) 5 (29)
Evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis, n (%) 4 (9) 3 (18) 1 (33)
ThyroidORParathyroid, n (%) 31 (72) 9 (53) 1 (33)
Adrenal screening, n (%) 8 (19) 4 (24)
Evaluation of lymph nodesORPalpable neck mass, n (%) 33 (77) 5 (29)
Abscesses and cysts, n (%) 38 (88) 4 (24) 2 (67)
US for guided procedures, n (%) 14 (33)
US for pain management, n (%) 4 (9)
  1. a Overall number of GPs using and/or anticipating using ultrasound for respective bodily systems