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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-69

Diagnostic impact of integrating ultrasonography into routine practice in respiratory intensive care units


Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Haitham Salah
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, 147 Khalifa El Maamoun Street, Abassia Square, Cairo 11566
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1687-8426.145686

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Ultrasound (US) has received increasing interest from chest physicians in recent years especially in Respiratory ICU (RICU) settings. US examination is a valuable method in diagnosis of various thoracic conditions including pleural or pericardial effusion, empyema, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism, and pneumonia. Its bedside application, easy to learn, short examination time, lower cost, guiding biopsy procedures, altering treatment plans and shortening ICU stay made US a valuable indispensable routine tool in daily management of critically ill RICU patients.


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