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Perioperative care with an ultrasound device is as Michael Jordan with Scotty Pippen: at its best!

Authors: Jip Nooitgedacht, Mark Haaksma, Hugo R. W. Touw, Pieter R. Tuinman

Abstract

Perhaps one of the greatest success stories in the diagnostic approach of dyspneic patients is the introduction of lung ultrasound (LUS). In the past, LUS was considered impossible due to full reflection of the ultrasound beam by air. However, we now know that the distinctive artifacts created by the interplay of air, fluid and pleurae are of great diagnostic value and can help differentiate between various pathological processes (1).