Pulmonary ultrasonography is a somewhat new, but extremely useful tool in the care of the critically ill patient. It can be used to detect and assess a variety of conditions. Possibly everything one would do with auscultation and plain chest radiography may eventually be replaced with lung sonography. The Pulmonary Clinical Ultrasound Module provides a brief review of pulmonary anatomy and physiology, and details corresponding sonographic anatomy. Sonographic scanning technique and imaging pearls and pitfalls are discussed, as well as relevant sonographic artifacts, such as lung sliding, A-Line, and B-Line. How to evaluate and diagnose pulmonary conditions with ultrasound, including pneumothorax, pleural effusion, alveolar interstitial syndrome, and lung consolidation, is also presented.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, and SonoSim, Inc. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 4 hours of ACEP Category I credit.