Thoracic ultrasound overview

Shaheen Islam, Hermann Tonn

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Abstract

Ultrasound examination is a valuable method in diagnosis of various thoracic conditions including pleural or pericardial effusion, empyema, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and primary or metastatic lung cancer. Ultrasound guidance during thoracentesis or tube thoracostomy assures minimal complications. It can also assist with staging of lung cancer by defining the extension of thoracic wall invasion or by real-time ultrasound-guided biopsy of a supraclavicular lymph node. Invasive procedures such as mediastinoscopy can be spared with effective use of endoscopic or endobronchial ultrasound in cancer diagnosis. Intensivists are able to provide better bedside care efficiently with a focused examination in critically ill patients. Thoracic ultrasound is mostly used to locate a target organ or a disease-specific condition and is often used as a complement to other imaging such as chest radiograph, computed tomogram or magnetic resonance imaging. Advantages include portability permitting bedside examination even in the intensive care units. Specific focused skills can be easily learned with formal didactic lessons and supervised training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Chest Ultrasound
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 21 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProgress in Respiratory Research
Volume37
ISSN (Print)1422-2140
ISSN (Electronic)1662-3932

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Thorax
Lung Neoplasms
Thoracostomy
Mediastinoscopy
Empyema
Pericardial Effusion
Thoracic Wall
Pneumothorax
Pleural Effusion
Pulmonary Embolism
Critical Illness
Intensive Care Units
Pneumonia
Lymph Nodes
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Biopsy
Neoplasms
Thoracentesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Islam, S., & Tonn, H. (2009). Thoracic ultrasound overview. In Clinical Chest Ultrasound: From the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite (pp. 11-20). (Progress in Respiratory Research; Vol. 37). https://doi.org/10.1159/000210405

Thoracic ultrasound overview. / Islam, Shaheen; Tonn, Hermann.

Clinical Chest Ultrasound: From the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite. 2009. p. 11-20 (Progress in Respiratory Research; Vol. 37).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Islam, S & Tonn, H 2009, Thoracic ultrasound overview. in Clinical Chest Ultrasound: From the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite. Progress in Respiratory Research, vol. 37, pp. 11-20. https://doi.org/10.1159/000210405
Islam S, Tonn H. Thoracic ultrasound overview. In Clinical Chest Ultrasound: From the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite. 2009. p. 11-20. (Progress in Respiratory Research). https://doi.org/10.1159/000210405
Islam, Shaheen ; Tonn, Hermann. / Thoracic ultrasound overview. Clinical Chest Ultrasound: From the ICU to the Bronchoscopy Suite. 2009. pp. 11-20 (Progress in Respiratory Research).
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