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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 250-257

Lung ultrasound: Present and future

Department of Anaesthesiology, National Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Ashish Saraogi
B6 Faculty B Block, NIMS University Campus, Shobha Nagar, Jaipur-Delhi Highway, Jaipur - 303 121, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.156245

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The scope of lung ultrasound (LUS) in emergency and critical care settings has been studied extensively. LUS is easily available at bedside, free of radiation hazard and real time. All these features make it useful in reducing need of bedside X-rays and CT scan of chest. LUS has been proven to be superior to the bedside chest X-ray and equal to chest CT in diagnosing many pleural and lung pathologies. The first International Consensus Conference on Lung Ultrasound (ICC-LUS) has given recommendations for unified approach and language in major six areas of LUS. The LUS diagnosis is to be given after integration of findings of both lungs. The BLUE protocol is first LUS-based systematic approach in diagnosing pleural and lung pathologies. The protocol suggested in this article includes history and conventional clinical assessment along with LUS features.

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