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Revista chilena de radiología

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9308

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ZALAQUETT, Eugenio; LOMORO, Pascal  y  NATALIZI, Anna. Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19. Rev. chil. radiol. [online]. 2020, vol.26, n.2, pp.46-51. ISSN 0717-9308.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-93082020000200046.

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic originated by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has required a quick response by multiple medical specialties, including Imaging. Lung Ultrasound is an exam that has previously demonstrated its utility in other lung diseases, with high availability, low cost, absence of ionizing radiation and the possibility to have a bed-side assessment. In some of the countries that experienced earlier and more intense effects of the pandemic, as China and Italy, it has been used as an imaging modality for evaluation and follow-up for COVID-19 patients. In order to achieve a satisfactory result, adequate equipment, protection, disinfection and protocol must be chosen. The US findings described so far in the literature are nonspecific, but their combination and anatomical distribution in a compatible clinical and epidemiologic context, made them highly suggestive of this disease and allow for a serial follow-up. The current literature is scarce and more evidence is needed to truly estimate the usefulness of this imaging modality in the evaluation of COVID-19 patients.

Palabras clave : COVID-19; Lung; Ultrasound.

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