Lung ultrasound for diagnosing COVID-19 (search done on 13 June 2020)

Added May 14, 2021

Citation: Trauer M, Matthies A, Mani N, et al. The utility of lung ultrasound in COVID-19: A systematic scoping review. Ultrasound. 2020;28(4):208-22.

What is this? Various methods have been suggested for the diagnosis of COVID-19, including the use of lung ultrasound.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies of the use of lung ultrasounds in children or adults with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and did the search on 13 June 2020. They included 33 studies.

What was found: At the time of this review, the authors concluded that lung ultrasound appears to be a highly sensitive and fairly specific test for COVID-19 in all ages and in pregnancy.

At the time of this review, the included studies showed that lung ultrasound was more sensitive than chest radiograph for diagnosing COVID-19.


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