Thoracic ultrasound – new challenges, new horizons
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 . 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  . 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.
12 April 2021 (online)
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