The role of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis and follow-up of community-acquired pneumonia.
Eur J Intern Med. 2012 Jul;23(5):391-7
Authors: Reissig A, Gramegna A, Aliberti S
CAP may be diagnosed and followed up by lung sonography (LUS), a technique that shows excellent sensitivity and specificity that is at least comparable with that of chest X-ray in two planes. LUS may be performed with any abdomen-sonography device. Therefore, LUS is a readily available diagnostic tool that does not involve radiation exposure and has wide applications especially in situations where X-ray is not available and/or not applicable. An X-ray or CT of the chest should be performed in cases of negative lung sonography and if other differential diagnoses or complications are suspected.
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