The use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in COVID-19 lung imaging

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J Ultrasound. 2020 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s40477-020-00517-z. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Lung ultrasound has become an essential tool for rapid bedside assessment in critically unwell patients, proving helpful in assessment of COVID-19 due to logistics of cross-sectional imaging. Contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) further characterizes sonographic features of COVID-19 as multiple areas of infarction, a finding not reproducible on other widely available imaging modalities. CEUS also has the benefit of being cheap, radiation-free, without risk of nephrotoxicity, and can be performed at the bedside. It is predicted that lung CEUS in COVID-19 may help guide prognosis and management. We describe three cases of CEUS in COVID-19.

PMID:32749576 | DOI:10.1007/s40477-020-00517-z

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