Comparison of Four views versus Single View for Pneumothorax

Clinically significant pneumothorax that is

By Michael Prats, MD on 11/07/16 03:00 AM

Ultrasound is great at diagnosing pneumothorax. This is especially important in the trauma patient, where it has become integrated into the extended FAST exam. I think we are all wondering if we can (safely) get away with a quick look in a single space bilaterally to rule out a significant pneumothorax. This study prospectively evaluates this question to determine how well 1 view compares to 4 views in finding a pneumothorax in the trauma patient.