Lung Ultrasound could be used as a safe and Effective Substitute for Chest X-Rays for the Diagnosis of Pneumonia in Children
|By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 26 Apr 2016
The researchers found that 38.8% less chest X-Rays were performed in the group that underwent an initial ultrasound exam, compared to no reduction in the control group. No pneumonia cases were missed and there was no increase in any other adverse events. The replacement of X-Ray exams by ultrasound resulted in overall cost savings of USD 9,200, and reduced the time the children spent in the emergency ward by an average of 26 minutes. The results suggest that lung ultrasound could become the best option for the diagnosis of pneumonia in children, although further research is required.
Dr. Tsung, associate professor at Mount Sinai, and leader of the research team, said, “Ultrasound is portable, cost-saving and safer for children than an X-ray because it does not expose them to radiation. Our study could have a profound impact in the developing world where access to radiography is limited. In the era of precision medicine, lung ultrasound may also be an ideal imaging option in children who are at higher risk for radiation-induced cancers or have received multiple radiographic or CT imaging studies.