[VIDEO] How to Scan the Lungs with Ultrasound


Recursos para Covid-19

Our team has put together some resources that may be useful for Clarius users who are treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our team worked with Dr. Dan Kim, a Vancouver emergency medicine physician, to record a quick lung exam tutorial using Clarius ultrasound. 

Dr. Kim scanned a healthy model during the video. Please refer to the exam shown below from our cases page to see a clip of a lung with pneumonia captured with a Clarius scanner or visit our post on Clinical Utility and Technique for Lung Ultrasound in COVID-19 Cases for more detailed examples of lung ultrasound abnormalities.

Dr Shane Arishenkoff
La neumonía lobar del lado derecho actúa como una ventana para visualizar el corazón desde una vista coronal derecha

Paciente con tos, esputo, fiebre e hipotensión. Neumonía lobar derecha grande identificada. Esta es una imagen coronal de la línea axilar posterior derecha. Inicialmente se puede ver el hígado, el diafragma (a la derecha de la imagen) y hepatización pulmonar (a la izquierda de la imagen). A medida que se ajusta el transductor, el haz se dirige por encima del diafragma y solo se ve la hepatización pulmonar. Lo interesante de esta imagen es el hecho de que la hepatización pulmonar actúa como una ventana para visualizar el corazón desde el tórax lateral derecho.

Infection Control

During our time with Dr. Kim, we asked him about his thoughts on infection control concerns related to ultrasound use on COVID-19 patients and he had this to say:

“With a lot of traditional cart-based units, it’s extremely difficult to clean all the surfaces and all the buttons and all the crevices. I think that there’s a role for handheld devices in this particular situation because they are much smaller than cart-based units and they are much easier to clean and disinfect compared to a cart-based unit.”

Small and wireless, Clarius scanners can be fully encased in a sterile cover. Clarius is IPX7 rated – it’s waterproof and fully immersible for disinfection. Review the long list of cleaners and disinfectants that are qualified for use with the Clarius Scanner.

Visit our Lung Scanning Resource page for more information.