The basics of lung ultrasound

Author(s): Dr Jennie Stephens

Hospital: Royal Cornwall Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 48, 561, 21-22


In 2008 Daniel Lichtenstein demonstrated the diagnostic capabilities of lung ultrasound in the breathless patient. More recently the COVID-19 pandemic has increased awareness and uptake of this bedside imaging modality. It has been shown to out-perform chest radiography in the identification of specific lung abnormalities and is effectively performed at the bedside usually by the treating clinician.

A whole-lung approach to lung ultrasound was described by Lichtenstein in 20081 and this zonal approach to scanning informs what is taught and performed today.

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