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3) Does the SCoR have any advice with respect to learning how to scan with the non-dominant hand?

We do not have any specific advice at present.  The advantage is that the dominant hand and arm can be rested but there is then the risk of problems arising also on the non-dominant side. Time will also be needed to adapt to scanning with the non-dominant hand which will inevitably initially increase examination times.  It is also not easy to change the physical layout of many ultrasound rooms and time must be allowed for this in examination schedules.

Before any changes are made, the employer has a legal duty to conduct a risk assessment and a full review of the practicalities should be undertaken. Engaging members in this risk assessment is good practice as employers are then fully aware of what actually happens within the department and not just what is thought to happen.

It is also worth noting that sonographers use both hands as a matter of routine, the non-scanning hand is continually manipulating the equipment settings which can also put strain on muscles and tendons if posture is poor. 

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