Quality assurance in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound the hungarian model

István Szabó, László Csabay, Zoltán Tóth, Olga Török, Zoltán Papp

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The majority of physicians performing obstetric scans are radiologists and obstetricians. The radiologist is well trained in imaging but lacks the obstetric background required to interpret information obtained from the scan. The obstetrician is qualified in obstetric knowledge but often lacks the formal imaging training necessary to optimize the pictures. In Hungary, nearly 100% of the physicians who perform obstetric and gynecologic scans are obstetricians. In order to create a standard and to hold together the practitioners in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as to eliminate the serious consequences of clinical malpractice, we organized the Hungarian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992. The Society was established according to the standards of the most skilled obstetricians and gynecologists. In addition to working out the conditions and the standards, the Society provides for its members continuous education, postgraduate training, and monitors the knowledge and level of practitioners. We have established three levels of qualification. Each level requires a medical undergraduate degree. The levels range from basic (A), intermediate (B), to specialist (Q. To receive the certificate every user and ultrasound laboratory have to fulfill requirements based on skill as well as equipment and circumstances. The certificates are valid for one year. Every year the practitioner must pass a special examination at the appropriate level. By doing so, the Society provides its members with not only professional support, but ethical and legal security as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998


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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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