THORACIC ULTRASOUND – A SILENT MÉTIERE
Time to change clinical practice!
After many long years of silent observations by physicians, thoracic ultrasound has made its way into day to day pulmonology and critical care practice all around the globe – and in fact, in all specialties where the doctor hangs a stethoscope around his neck.
Ultrasound technology has enabled the pulmonologist to safely perform a wide range of thoracic procedures. It helps in early diagnosis and management of respiratory patients. It ensures that appropriate patient gets the appropriate intervention, thus streamlining the care pathway and ensuring safety.
The accessibility of portable ultrasound machines has significantly improved the management, with benefits including the absence of radiation, ease of use, and real time imaging. It can be performed at the bedside and no particular preparation is required.
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