How to perform lung ultrasound in pregnant women with suspected COVID-19

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2020 May;55(5):593-598. doi: 10.1002/uog.22028.


Under certain circumstances, such as during the current COVID-19 outbreak, pregnant women can be a target for respiratory infection, and lung examination may be required as part of their clinical evaluation, ideally while avoiding exposure to radiation. We propose a practical approach for obstetricians/gynecologists to perform lung ultrasound examination, discussing potential applications, semiology and practical aspects, which could be of particular importance in emergency situations, such as the current pandemic infection of COVID-19. Copyright © 2020 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords: COVID-19; lung ultrasound; pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnostic imaging*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Ultrasonography