Dr. Yasser Elsayed, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Use of point of care ultrasound has expanded over the last decades particularly in intensive care to the point that it is now readily available for use by the clinical care practitioners in this setting. The focus of ultrasound by radiologists is on anatomic details, now, with clinicians actively using this technology at the bedside, attention has shifted to the critical evaluation of physiological abnormalities in different body systems. In the last 10 years, research studies have shown that lung ultrasound (LUS) is an accurate, non-invasive method for predicting ventilatory failure and offers advantages over traditional chest radiograph.

We developed a screening model of bedside lung ultrasound assessment for infants requiring respiratory support, and to be reproducible and used after completion of the course and required audited training. This presentation will focus on the utility of LUS as a new emerging modality for assessment of lung parenchyma.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the basic interpretation of lung ultrasound;
  • Recognize the value of lung ultrasound as a new modality in diagnostic modality in different respiratory diseases; and
  • Understand the evidence supporting use of lung ultrasound in critical care.