The role of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis and follow-up of community-acquired pneumonia

Eur J Intern Med. 2012 Jul;23(5):391-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2012.01.003. Epub 2012 Feb 21.


CAP may be diagnosed and followed up by lung sonography (LUS), a technique that shows excellent sensitivity and specificity that is at least comparable with that of chest X-ray in two planes. LUS may be performed with any abdomen-sonography device. Therefore, LUS is a readily available diagnostic tool that does not involve radiation exposure and has wide applications especially in situations where X-ray is not available and/or not applicable. An X-ray or CT of the chest should be performed in cases of negative lung sonography and if other differential diagnoses or complications are suspected.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Community-Acquired Infections / diagnosis
  • Community-Acquired Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography