Article Abstract

The importance of asking the right questions: the role of chest ultrasound in thoracic surgery

Authors: Miriam Patella, Francesco Mongelli, Stefano Cafarotti


Ultrasonography is recently gathering consensus in the evaluation of the chest in many different settings. In trauma (1), cardiology (2), internal medicine (3), intensive care (4) and in almost all the specialties of medicine, ultrasonographic evaluation of the chest has shown to be useful and accurate in investigate a plethora of illnesses. Also in surgery, it is finding its dignity in helping decision-making process avoiding unnecessary exposure to X-rays and waste of time and resources (5).