Rapid, inexpensive real-time directed thoracentesis

Radiology. 1983 Feb;146(2):545-6. doi: 10.1148/radiology.146.2.6849106.


A safe, inexpensive, and expedient real-time ultrasound-directed thoracentesis technique that uses a unique closed needle-syringe assembly is described. No pneumothorax has occurred over a four-year period using this technique with 110 patients.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pleural Effusion / diagnosis*
  • Suction*
  • Ultrasonography*