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ASUM is continuing to keep their COVID-19 resource page updated and sincerely hope you are finding this useful. All new items will be marked for easy reference. This week’s edition includes;


  • Prevention of pathogen transmission during ultrasound use in the Intensive Care Unit: Recommendations from the College of Intensive Care Medicine Ultrasound Special Interest Group (USIG). AJUM. Published on 26 March 2020.
  • WFUMB Position Statement: How to perform a safe ultrasound examination and clean equipment in the context of COVID-19.
  • ISUOG Safety Committee Position Statement on use of personal protective equipment and hazard mitigation in relation to SARS-CoV-2 for practitioners undertaking obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound. Endorsed by ASUM BMUS SCoR and SIEOG.
  • New COVID-19 lung ultrasound articles, webinars, podcasts and videos (if you missed the ASUM lung ultrasound webinar – keep reading below as to how you access this).
  • Plus more...

Access the latest COVID-19 resources

Medical Benefits Schedule – changes to diagnostic imaging effective 1 May 2020.


A series of fact sheets and quick reference guides with full details of the changes will be published on MBS online shortly (


Key items for ASUM members to be aware of are:


Changes to Capital Sensitivity


Ultrasound specific changes;



  • Two new items for ultrasound of the breast in conjunction with a surgical procedure will be added.
  • The descriptor for breast ultrasound items 55076 and 55079 will be amended so that they also apply to post mastectomy surveillance.

Musculoskeletal - ultrasound of the extremities will be deleted and replaced with items covering unilateral and bilateral scans.


Item descriptors for general ultrasound, obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound will be amended to remove co-claiming restrictions with cardiac or vascular ultrasound.


Pelvic ultrasound items 55065 and 55068 will no longer be able to be claimed where an obstetric ultrasound item would apply.


Interventional ultrasound fee for items 55848 and 55850 will be increased.


Obstetric ultrasound

  • the list of conditions in the obstetric ultrasound items will be deleted.
  • less than 12 week scan items (item 55700 and 55703), the items apply where the scan is for ‘determining the gestation, location, viability or number of foetuses’.
  • 12 to 16 week scan, the items (55704 and 55705) apply for ‘determining the structure, gestation, viability or number of foetuses’. The later obstetric scans apply where clinically appropriate.

Abdominal ultrasound items 55036 and 55037 will be amended to include the term ‘morphological assessment’ so that the items should only be used for imaging purposes, not for non-imaging techniques such as transient elastography.

The changes are the collective result of recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce agreed by the Government as part of the 2019-20 Budget measure ‘Guaranteeing Medicare – improved patient access to diagnostic imaging’ and the Medical Service Advisory Committee (MSAC). The changes will help to ensure that diagnostic imaging services provided under Medicare are contemporary and reflect best clinical practice.


Click here for further details

ISUOG COVID-19: Wellbeing and the workforce webinar

ISUOG Webinar | Coronavirus: Wellbeing and the workforce

The third webinar in the ISUOG COVID-19 web series discuss' staff wellbeing and maintaining a healthy workforce, during a time where services are being stretched and colleagues are being pushed to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.


Watch the recording here


Did you miss the ASUM's POCUS in a Pandemic webinar?

WEBINAR: POCUS in a Pandemic: Lung Ultrasound and COVID-19

You can still register to receive a link to watch the recording.


Over 1000 ultrasound professionals registered to hear Vancouver doctor, Dr. Daniel Kim, Clinical Assistant Professor and the PoCUS Fellowship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, shares his ED experience with COVID-19.


Dr Kim covered:

  • Introduction to lung ultrasound
  • How to do the scan
  • Normal sonographic lung
  • Pathologic sonographic findings
  • Sonographic features of COVID-19
  • Infection control considerations for COVID-19
  • Clinical application of lung ultrasound in COVID-19
  • 15-mins Q&A

This webinar was brought to you in partnership with


Clarius ultrasound Anywhere

Medistar Innovative Technology. Expert Advice


Click here to register


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Ultrasound Report Writing Webinar

Ultrasound Report Writing Webinar

Thursday 9 April 2020

19.00 AEST


Join Clinical Specialist Sonographer, Martin Necas, who will present on best-practice in ultrasound report writing.


Suitable for all users who perform ultrasound scans and communicate the results to other healthcare professionals including: sonographers, radiologists and clinician-practitioners.


Earn yourself 1 CPD Point


Learning outcomes include gaining the understanding of:

  • Current trends in report structures
  • How radiology reports can be varied in the time of crisis
  • How to formulate diagnostic impressions

           among others...


Registration is open*


*Please be sure to follow the instructions for the 2-step registration process


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ASUM Membership | 15 Months for 12 | JOIN TODAY!


As the peak body promoting ultrasound excellence in Australia and New Zealand. ASUM exists to provide our members with the best support, education, training, guidelines and standards so they in turn can deliver the highest level of professional and personal care to their patients.


ASUM is committed to our members and working with members to ensure excellence in ultrasound.


Some of the key member benefits are:

  • AJUM Journal - full access to all articles online and via the AJUM app.
  • Conference video recordings - access hundreds of recordings from all ASUM conferences. Click here to view the list of recordings from the WFUMB 2019 Congress.
  • Standards of Practice - members help ASUM set and provide you with the guidelines for medical ultrasound practice.
  • Advocacy - ASUM represents member interests at Federal and State Government levels.
  • Webinars and CPD Events - receive member discounts and help us to provide you with more free webinars.
  • Click here for many more benefits...

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