The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has released a new report about the role of lung ultrasound in COVID-19 patients which includes seven clinical images and advice on infection control.
This report summarises basic settings in lung ultrasonography and best practice recommendations for lung ultrasonography in COVID-19, representing the agreed consensus of experts from the Ultrasound Subcommittee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). The full open access document also includes standard lung settings and artefacts in lung ultrasonography are explained for education and training, equipment settings, documentation and self-protection.
Chest multislice-CT is still regarded as the gold-standard imaging technique for thoracic evaluation.
Lung ultrasonography can show typical pattern for interstitial pneumonia.
COVID-19 lesions mainly involve the peripheral pulmonary zones, which makes this disease accessible for pulmonary ultrasonography evaluation.
Lung ultrasonography can make a substantial contribution, as it allows direct bedside examination of the lung and pleural space.
Lung ultrasonography in experienced hands can give results that are comparable to chest MS-CT and superior to standard chest radiography for assessment of pneumonia and/or adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).