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 Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer

For Immediate Release


Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is pleased to announce the publication of the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer. The SDMS Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force developed the guidelines to be consistent with existing regulations, standards, and current best practices.


The guidelines outline a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the use, handling, cleaning, disinfection or sterilization, transport, and storage of transducers used in diagnostic medical sonography. The guidelines also provide guidance on when to use a transducer cover and what type of ultrasound gel should be used during certain procedures.  A set of appendices is included in the guidelines containing step-by-step reference tables on how to prepare for and classify a sonographic procedure as well as reprocess the transducer used during a procedure.


Also available for download is the Sonography Procedures: Transducer Disinfection and Infection Control Worksheet. The worksheet is designed to educate students and allow facilities to evaluate infection control and disinfection policies and procedures and document variances from best practice (e.g., due to transducer manufacturer’s IFU limits).


The following organizations have endorsed or supported the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer.


Endorsing Organizations

  • American College of Radiology

  • Australasian Sonographers Association

  • Philips Ultrasound, Inc.

  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Supporting Organizations*

  • Acertara Acoustic Lab

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

  • MITA® Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance

  • Sonography Canada


* Some organizations have internal policies that do not permit endorsement of external documents. “Supporting organization” denotes a more limited level of review and approval than endorsement and means the organization considers the clinical document to be of educational value, although it may not agree with every recommendation or statement in the document.


Click here to download the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer.


Click here to download the Sonography Procedures: Transducer Disinfection and Infection Control Worksheet.

President's Message July 2020

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  This quote by Maya Angelou describes what I have always tried to remember in my teaching years and how I have moved through my professional career. 

       As I look around at all of you, I want to begin by thanking you for showing me your confidence in my ability to be President of this organization.  AEIRS represents and supports the best educators in our profession and I am humbled to be standing here before you today.  And I would be remiss not to thank my husband, children, and grandchildren who have supported me along this path. 

         We all have had a very trying past 6 months either personally or professionally. Trying to be innovative in just about everything we do, and doing it from our homes has been a challenge. This virus has caused many of us to teach from home or to home school (yes, I have a 6 yr old grandson and 2 ½ yr old granddaughter living with me this year while their dad is serving in the middle east), so my classroom activities have been counting to 100 by 10’s or taking 4 peaches away from 9 peaches or assisting with science experiments as we all get covered with explosive sodas and learning about the solar system. As frustrated as I get at times, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.


      I know many of you have wondered after my retirement a few years ago why the heck I am still hanging around. Well, it’s very simple. I was not done serving, and of course, I would miss enjoying wine and laughs with my friends from across the US. So though I am not in the classroom anymore  ( and believe me when I say THANK THE LORD as I hear all of you trying to get through this past semester online), my heart is there after all those years and I can still give back in other ways.  AEIRS is one of those ways.

          AEIRS has continued to work hard this past year for its members, adjusting the way we conduct business. We plan to expand opportunities for scholarly activities by hosting regional seminars-  the first one was to be held at Blue Ash College in Ohio in November but COVID has recently put a halt to that one with a no travel ban for many through the end of the year. We will instead be doing a one-hour webinar in its place this fall and shoot for a one day face to face seminar in the Spring of 2021. We will also be offering more concurrent workshops and lectures at our annual meetings to give you some choices in continuing education.

      The Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee which was successfully led by Nina Kowalczyk has developed National Practices Standards for Educators and I will be assuming the role of liaison for this committee in this upcoming year. Our next charge will be to look at opportunities for educators to develop competencies to meet these Standards.

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