Lung ultrasound LUS has been successfully used in diagnosing the cause of respiratory failure in the Emergency Department.
LUS is the primary tool for imaging the pulmonary parenchyma, mainly as a point-of-care technique.
Although limited by the presence of air, SIFULTRAS-5.42 has proved to be useful in the evaluation of many different acute and chronic conditions, from cardiogenic pulmonary edema to acute lung injury, from pneumothorax to pneumonia, from interstitial lung disease to pulmonary infarctions and contusions.
A phased array transducer (frequency range 3.5–5.0 MHz) is used for examination of the thorax. A high-frequency linear vascular transducer (frequency range 7.5–10.0 MHz) is preferred for closer examination of the pleural surface and chest wall structures. Since the SIFULTRAS-5.42 is a both o the previously mentioned head ultrasound it will increase the ease of examination.
” Lung ultrasound (LU) can be performed quickly and easily in critically ill patients. It has a higher diagnostic accuracy than physical examination and chest radiography combined. It enhances safety by avoiding ionizing radiation and the need for potentially dangerous transfers within the hospital. LU can also be used to guide fluid management, weaning, and therapeutic procedures such as thoracocentesis. “
Source: Practical approach to lung ultrasound.
Lung ultrasound is usually performed by emergency doctor, pneumologist…
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