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Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been widely adopted in the U.S. by rheumatologists as a way to diagnose and treat patients. Studies have shown benefits for using MSUS, including faster and more accurate diagnosis, optimized treatment, and improved needle placement accuracy.
Individual physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who perform ultrasound as part of their practice in rheumatology are able to demonstrate competency in musculoskeletal ultrasound and promote quality of care with the ACR’s Musculoskeletal (MSUS or MSK) Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology or RhMSUS program.
Practices are also able to demonstrate their practice meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards in musculoskeletal ultrasound with the AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation. AIUM, the association for medical ultrasound, is one of the preeminent, national accreditation bodies for ultrasound practices and it currently offers accreditation in Dedicated Musculoskeletal. The AIUM recognizes the RhMSUS certification as meeting the educational requirements necessary for accreditation as outlined in the AIUM’s “Training Guidelines for Physicians and Chiropractors Who Evaluate and Interpret Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Examinations.”
For those seeking both RhMSUS certification and AIUM accreditation the ACR and AIUM offer a reimbursement of 20% off of the initial application fees. For more information, please contact us at RhMSUS@rheumatology.org or 404-633-3777, ext. 108.