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Implication and Approach to Incidental Findings in Live Ultrasound Models


Introduction: Incidental findings during ultrasound examinations occur frequently with live models in training sessions. Because of the broad scope of training sessions available, the ethics and guidelines of dealing with incidental findings in live models need to be discussed.

Methods: We provide a case of an endovaginal ultrasound that had significant unexpected findings.

Results: This report demonstrates an important finding uncovered during an endovaginal modeling session.

Conclusion: Models should be notified beforehand of the possibility of an incidental finding, informed about it, made aware of potential associated costs, referred to another physician for follow-up, and provided a copy of the scans. A secure copy of the ultrasound scan should be stored for future reference. [West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(4):472–474.]

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