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Chest UltrasonographyChest Ultrasonography: Where’s the Beef?

Michael H. Baumann, MD, FCCP
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Michael H. Baumann, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216; e-mail: mbaumann@umc.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;140(4):837-839. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1093
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Ultrasonography in chest medicine is increasingly utilized by nonradiology physicians, including pulmonary, critical care, and emergency physicians.1-3 Rapid bedside application based on portability, relative ease in acquiring the necessary skills needed for use, and the absence of radiation are potential advantages of ultrasonography.3 A frequent use includes imaging the pleural space to discern pleural-based masses and thickening, effusions (presence, septation, and density of fluid), and pneumothorax.2 Ultrasound-directed biopsy of pleural-based lesions, thoracentesis, chest tube placement, and vascular access all have been described.2,4

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