The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a research brief published in the journal Pediatrics, has determined that lung ultrasound might be a reasonable method to detect lung abnormalities in children with mild to severe COViD-19.
The study cited potential benefits of using lung ultrasound in children with COVID-19, including:
- Reduced exposure to radiation if the number of radiologic examinations is reduced.
- Reduced exposure to COVID-19 by health care workers and medical devices if the child does not have to be moved within the hospital.
- Reduced risk of contamination and simpler sterilization procedures if wireless ultrasound devices are available that can be wrapped in disposable plastic covers.
Featured image: In image C chest radiography with left upper lobe consolidation and right central ground-glass opacities; in images A and B multiple confluent B-lines (thin arrows) and in images D and E a lung consolidation (thick arrows) at lung ultrasound. Credit Pediatrics.