Ultrasound assessment of pneumothorax
Ultrasound assessment for the presence of pneumothorax is a core skill for any pracititioner who cares for patients with life-threatening illness.
The sonographic detection of pneumothorax is one of the core applications of critical care ultrasound. In trained professionals, the literature unanimously supports the assertion that lung ultrasound outperforms chest x-ray for detection of pneumothoraces (1–4). International guidelines on lung ultrasound support the accurate and reliable use of lung US in detection of pneumothorax with level A evidence (5).
This technology is being rapidly adopted worldwide as it fast, inexpensive, non-invasive, reliable and accurate.