To detect pneumonia in COVID-19 patients, these Temple doctors use ultrasound

November 25, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Temple study, presented at a recent research forum of the American College of Emergency Physicians, included 110 patients who came to the emergency department with shortness of breath and other possible signs of COVID-19. All underwent a lung ultrasound as well as a chest X-ray, so that researchers could compare the accuracy of the two approaches.

The ultrasound images suggested pneumonia in 99 cases, while the X-rays did so only in 73 cases. All patients then underwent a CAT scan — considered the “gold standard” for confirming pneumonia — and 81 were identified as actually having the condition.

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