Echocardiography. 2020 Dec 17. doi: 10.1111/echo.14951. Online ahead of print.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented pressure has been added to healthcare systems around the globe. Imaging is a crucial component in the management of COVID-19 patients. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) such as hand-carried ultrasound emerges in the COVID-19 era as a tool that can simplify the imaging process of COVID-19 patients, and potentially reduce the strain on healthcare providers and healthcare resources. The preliminary evidence available suggests an increasing role of POCUS in diagnosing, monitoring, and risk-stratifying COVID-19 patients. This scoping review aims to delineate the challenges in imaging COVID-19 patients, discuss the cardiopulmonary complications of COVID-19 and their respective sonographic findings, and summarize the current data and recommendations available. There is currently a critical gap in knowledge in the role of POCUS in the COVID-19 era. Nonetheless, it is crucial to summarize the current preliminary data available in order to help fill this gap in knowledge for future studies.