A novel method of assessing for lung sliding using Doppler imaging

Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Nov;35(11):1738-1742. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Sep 8.


Ultrasound is an ideal modality in the emergency department (ED) to assess for pneumothorax given its rapid availability, portability, and repeatability to assess clinical status changes. Certain patient populations and clinical circumstances may present challenges to the performance of this examination. In this article, we review patterns of the presence or absence of lung sliding in the commonly utilized sonographic modes in the ED setting. We also describe a novel technique to evaluate lung sliding using tissue Doppler.

Keywords: Doppler; Lung sliding; M-mode; Pneumothorax.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pleura / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / methods*