- Characteristic findings of lung ultrasound in patients with COVID-19 are thickening and irregularities of the pleural line, “B” lines, small consolidations and “A” lines during recovery phase.
- Several studies suggest that lung ultrasound is accurate and non-inferior to chest X-ray and clinical examination when detecting lung pathologies.
- At this time, there is still limited experience with ultrasound as a potential triage and diagnostic tool for COVID-19.
- Lung ultrasound could be considered as a supplementary method for the management of COVID-19 patients to reduce patient’s movement from consultation to radiology room, which could decrease the risk of spreading the disease.
This data was provided by four different articles :
- A correspondence article from China.
- An letter to the editor article from China where they performed ultrasound on 20 patients with COVID-19.
- A retrospective study from China of 20 patients with COVID-19 who underwent 2D ultrasound and color doppler ultrasound. All patients enrolled had 1) an epidemiological history related to COVID-19, 2) clinical or radiological manifestations of COVID-19 and 3) blood or respiratory specimen.
- A letter to the editor from Italy reporting the evaluation of 12 patients with flu-like symptoms in the last 4-10 days and COVID-19 positive results who all underwent pulmonary ultrasound.
- Buonsenso, D., Pata, D., & Chiaretti, A. (2020). COVID-19 outbreak: less stethoscope, more ultrasound. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. doi: 10.1016/s2213-2600(20)30120-x. Retrieved from https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30120-X/fulltext.
- Peng, Q., Wang, X., & Zhang, L. (2020). Findings of lung ultrasonography of novel corona virus pneumonia during the 2019–2020 epidemic. Intensive Care Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s00134-020-05996-6. Retrieved from : https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00134-020-05996-6
- Huang, Y., Wang, S., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Zheng, C., & Zheng, Y. et al. (2020). A Preliminary Study on the Ultrasonic Manifestations of Peripulmonary Lesions of Non-Critical Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19). SSRN Electronic Journal. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3544750. Retrieved from : https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-14928/v1
- Poggiali, E., Dacrema, A., Bastoni, D., Tinelli, V., Demichele, E., & Mateo Ramos, P. et al. (2020). Can Lung US Help Critical Care Clinicians in the Early Diagnosis of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pneumonia?. Radiology, 200847. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2020200847. Retrieved from : https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/radiol.2020200847