Showing 18 results for "Thoracic"


Ultrasound in Pediatric Pneumonia

Replacing the chest xray?

By Michael Prats, MD on 10/10/16 04:00 AM

This study looks at how well point of care ultrasound performs in the evaluation for pneumonia in a pediatric emergency department. Two study arms were compared - an ultrasound first approach, in which patients did not necessarily require a chest xray, and a chest xray first approach, followed by an ultrasound. The authors hypothesized that using ultrasound could reduce the number of chest xrays needed. They performed follow up to see if there was any difference in return visits or antibiotic prescriptions. Impressive results followed!


Multiorgan Ultrasound for Pulmonary Embolism

Does combining lung, heart, and vein scans improve test performance?

By Michael Prats, MD on 09/26/16 02:00 AM

We review a prospective study evaluating the accuracy of a combo ultrasound of the lung, heart, and veins to diagnose pulmonary embolism (PE) using CT pulmonary angiography as gold standard. Is it possible to use ultrasound to rule out a PE? Listen to our thoughts and let us know what you think!


The Spine Sign

Lung ultrasound for pleural effusions

By Michael Prats, MD on 04/12/16 08:53 PM

This paper examines the utility of the extension of the thoracic spine sign at detecting subtle pleural effusions on point-of-care lung ultrasound.


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