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!
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!
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.