Prospective evaluation of thoracic ultrasound in the detection of pneumothorax.

  title={Prospective evaluation of thoracic ultrasound in the detection of pneumothorax.},
  author={Scott A. Dulchavsky and Kimberly L Schwarz and Andrew W Kirkpatrick and Roger D Billica and David R. Williams and Larry N Diebel and Mark R Campbell and A E Sargysan and Douglas R. Hamilton},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={50 2},
BACKGROUND Thoracic ultrasound may rapidly diagnose pneumothorax when radiographs are unobtainable; the accuracy is not known. METHODS We prospectively evaluated thoracic ultrasound detection of pneumothorax in patients at high suspicion of pneumothorax. The presence of "lung sliding" or "comet tail" artifacts were determined in patients by ultrasound before radiologic verification of pneumothorax by residents instructed in thoracic ultrasound. Results were compared with standard radiography… CONTINUE READING
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