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Using Ultrasound to Test for COVID-19 Virus ( Coronavirus )

corona virus covid 19 hazmat suit    Several new studies are now recommending the use of ultrasound for diagnosing and screening COVID-19 patients. While a CT scan may provide better detail, portable ultrasound machines are currently more portable, affordable, and easier to keep disinfected while examining large numbers of patients. For these reasons, some doctors are now recommending ultrasound be utilized for patient testing of the COVID-19 virus.



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"The use of bedside ultrasound for the early diagnosis of COVID-19 pneumonia in all the patients who presented to the emergency department with flu-like symptoms in novel COVID-19 era."*

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"Lung ultrasonography gives the results that are similar to chest CT ... with the added advantage of ease of use at point of care, repeatability, absence of radiation exposure, and low cost."**

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"Lung ultrasound, meanwhile, is strongly recommended for acute respiratory failure and could prove as a useful alternative aid during the COVID-19 outbreak."***


"...COVID-19 generally begins in the terminal alveoli, which are close to the pleura and can be clearly observed by lung ultrasound."****
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  ultrasound lung scan of patient with coronavirus covid 19Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 
2020; 24: 2776-2780
  As noted in the case study by the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences titled Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound findings in novel coronavirus disease-19 pnemoniae: a case report and potential applications during COVID-19 outbreak:

"Lung ultrasound was performed with a portable convex probe (3.5 mHz), wireless-connected with a tablet. Such a device ... was chose in order to minimize the risk of contamination of devices and subsequent nosocomial spread." Also "Lung ultrasound showed, on the anterior and posterior emi-thorax bilaterally, an irregular pleural line with small subpleural consolidations, areas of white lung and thick, confluents and irregular vertical artifacts (B-lines)"***** read more


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* Source 1: Can Lung US Help Critical Care Clinicians in the Early Diagnosis of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pneumonia?
** Source 2: Findings of lung ultrasonography of novel corona virus pneumonia during the 2019–2020 epidemic 
*** Source 3: Radiologists ‘strongly recommend’ bedside ultrasound for COVID-19 pneumonia diagnosis 
**** Source 4: A Preliminary Study on the Ultrasonic Manifestations of Peripulmonary Lesions of Non-Critical Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19)
***** Source 5: Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound findings in novel coronavirus disease-19 pnemoniae: a case report and potential applications during COVID-19 outbreak



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