Ultraschall Med 2021; 42(02): 226-227
DOI: 10.1055/a-1347-1533
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Thoracic ultrasound – new challenges, new horizons

Christian B. Laursen
1  Department of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
2  Odense Respiratory Research Unit (ODIN), Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Ole Graumann
3  Department of Radiology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
4  Research and Innovation Unit of Radiology, Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Najib M. Rahman
5  Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom
6  Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Within this century, thoracic ultrasound (TUS) has been rapidly evolving from a technique known by few initiated experts to a core skill for many clinical specialities assessing patients with suspected respiratory or cardiac disease. In 2020, the process accelerated even further, due to the urgent need of simple bedside diagnostic tools to help triage, diagnose and monitor patients with acute respiratory failure due to COVID-19 [1]. Apart from this urgent clinical need in 2020, the process have also been facilitated by the recent years continuously steady increase in TUS research and training. At a societal level, TUS have also been gaining more attention, as exemplified by the European Respiratory Society’s publication of an official TUS statement and evidence based training program [2] [3]. Based on the aspects, one may rightfully claim that TUS have finally achieved its rightful place alongside the more traditional forms of clinical ultrasound such as ultrasound of the abdomen, heart, and musculoskeletal system.

Publication History

Publication Date:
12 April 2021 (online)

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