In this small single center diagnostic study in intubated ICU patients, the use of portable was more sensitive in diagnosing consolidation, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and interstitial syndromes than was chest xray. Portable USG may be more useful than chest xrays in diagnosing lung pathology in intubated patients. (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.