Mission and Code of Ethics

SVU Mission Statement

To represent the best interests of SVU members and promote quality vascular ultrasound services by providing educational, scientific and literary activities to our members, patients and the public.

SVU Code of Ethics

Amended and re-Approved by the Board of Directors on March 14, 2006

The Code of Ethics of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound is intended to set forth and promote the highest guidelines of professional and moral conduct among its members. It also provides a basis for guiding decision making in handling moral and/or ethical dilemmas. In performing their professional activities, members of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound should:

  1. Act in the best interest of the health and safety of the patient.
  2. Demonstrate minimal competency in the field of diagnostic ultrasound by obtaining appropriate credentialing (either RVT or RPVI granted by ARDMS, or RVS granted by CCI), and accurately represent the expected benefits and the potential limitations of their services.
  3. Promote quality of practice by providing services with recognized scientific bases, utilizing appropriate equipment and validated techniques, participating in ongoing quality assurance programs, and performing professional services and assignments only in their areas of competence.
  4. Demonstrate and maintain professional competency through appropriate certification and participation in continuing education opportunities.
  5. Maintain professional integrity by avoiding circumstances where compromise of professional conduct or conflict of interest may arise.
  6. Refuse to knowingly participate in activities which the member sincerely and in good faith believes and concludes are illegal, fraudulent, or misleading.  This ethical precept shall not be interpreted to require any member to quit his or her employment or take any specific action.
  7. Respect human dignity, providing services without regard to race, sex, age, religious belief, socio-economic status, or nature of disease process.
  8. Enhance the integrity, honor, and prestige of the field of vascular technology by establishing cooperative relationships with colleagues, supporting the Society, and maintaining a positive public image.
  9. Respect the patient's right to decline participating in research studies.