Are GPs ready to embrace ultrasound technology?

Due to ultrasound's shrinking price and size, the technology is being touted as a good option for general practice. But is real change afoot?

Some machines that go ‘ping' have proven revolutionary in medicine, and perhaps none more so than the ultrasound.

Ultrasound's first use on patients came via 1940s' quackery — ultrasonic energy administered as a therapy for a variety of common ailments, from arthritis, eczema and asthma to haemorrhoids and urinary incontinence.

But scientists in Europe at the time were also recognising its