Acute Dyspnea

Can ultrasound help?

By Michael Prats, MD on 05/22/17 02:00 AM

Feeling out of breath or having trouble breathing (AKA dyspnea) is a common complaint in the emergency department. We know already that ultrasound can diagnose a number of things that can cause this symptom. This paper takes a look to see how ultrasound can help out the evaluation of a patient who presents with acute dyspnea. More specifically, it looks at the accuracy of diagnosis and time to making the diagnosis compared to an evaluation without ultrasound.