The basics of application of medical ultrasonography in the diagnosis of acute respiratory failure
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Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Regional Specialized Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Transplant, Regional Specialized Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Regional Specialized Children's Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Submission date: 2016-02-25
Acceptance date: 2016-06-27
Online publication date: 2016-08-25
Publication date: 2019-12-15
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Paweł Grabala   

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Pol. Ann. Med. 2017;24(1):104–109
Medical ultrasonography (USG) is a cheap, accessible, reproducible, and radiation-free diagnostic tool. However, medical USG for the imaging of lungs and the pleural cavity as a diagnostic tool remains underutilized, despite its proven effectiveness, especially for life-threatening conditions such as acute respiratory failure.

The aim of this work is to describe actual techniques of medical USG for acute respiratory failure.

Material and methods:
A literature review was conducted.

Results and discussion:
We presented how to identify with USG the most common respiratory system diseases at intensive care unit patients.

Medical USG is a simple, fast, cheap, and reproducible method of evaluating the respiratory system and seems to be one of the most promising imaging techniques for the diagnosis of lung diseases and monitoring of respiratory functions by intensive care unit physicians.

None declared.
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