Showing 16 results for "Thoracic"


Chest Tube Location

Can POCUS make it safer?

By Michael Prats on 06/22/20 05:00 AM

Placing a tube thoracostomy (aka chest tube) is a very useful procedure but can have complications of injuring the diaphragm or intraabdominal organs. Traditionally, the location for placement is selected using anatomic landmarks to find the correct intercostal space. This study questions the safety of this traditional location by using point-of-care ultrasound to visualize diaphragm movement during respirations. Is this the start of ultrasound-assisted chest tubes? https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/94 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32333800/


POCUS in COVID-19

Early Reports of Lung Findings

By Michael Prats on 03/17/20 05:00 AM

COVID-19 is here, there, and everywhere. Mike Mallin joins in to examine the first published reports on POCUS being used on the front lines. We discuss the sonographic findings and potential uses during this pandemic. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/88


Speckle Tracking in Pneumothorax

What?! How? Why?

By Michael Prats on 11/25/19 06:00 AM

Speckle tracking is a relatively new ultrasound technology that lets you graph the movement of tissue over time. We know this can be useful to look at cardiac function, but no one dared to try it out on the lung...until now! The idea here is that by using speckle tracking on the pleural line, there might be a higher accuracy in detecting pneumothorax on ultrasound! It sounds crazy...but maybe it's just crazy enough to work. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/81 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31359081


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