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.

Read more from AAP News and find the report in Pediatrics.

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.