Clinical review: Bedside lung ultrasound in critical care practice

Crit Care. 2007;11(1):205. doi: 10.1186/cc5668.


Lung ultrasound can be routinely performed at the bedside by intensive care unit physicians and may provide accurate information on lung status with diagnostic and therapeutic relevance. This article reviews the performance of bedside lung ultrasound for diagnosing pleural effusion, pneumothorax, alveolar-interstitial syndrome, lung consolidation, pulmonary abscess and lung recruitment/derecruitment in critically ill patients with acute lung injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Illness
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Pleural Effusion / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography / instrumentation