What is the role of lung ultrasonography in the workup of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Updated: Jan 12, 2021
  • Author: Setu K Patolia, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Lung ultrasound, a relative new modality in chest imaging, has also shown potential in the diagnosis of COVID-19. Although the widespread use of point-of-care ultrasonography remains limited, a small report of 20 patients suggests that pleural-line irregularities, a "B-line" pattern, and consolidations are suggestive of COVID-19. [16] Lung ultrasonography has been frequently shown to be more sensitive than chest radiography, and the major advantages of lung ultrasonography over CT scanning include portability, limiting radiation exposure, and expense.


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