Using Ultrasound to Diagnose Coronavirus

This week the medical field has stepped forward to advocate the use of ultrasound in detecting the Coronavirus.

Easy-to-disinfect portable ultrasounds have become a popular choice in assisting with triage. Here at Probo, we're getting an increased number of requests for recommended point-of-care portable ultrasound systems that can be sterilized easily. Each of these systems are highlighted in the resources in the links below.

Systems recommended in these videos and resources include: GE VScan Extend, SonoSite S-Series and SII, and the GE Venue. Each of these systems are portable or easily moved, budget-friendly, among the easiest to sterilize, and built for efficient workflow. You'll see examples of these in the resources below.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound for COVID-19

This is an excellent and complete guide that provides a solid understanding of lung Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), provided by Dr. Joe Minardi, Director of the WVU Medicine Center for Point-of-Care Ultrasound. This informative video covers:

  • Advantages of lung POCUS to image known or suspected COVID-19 patients
  • Learn about proper disinfection of ultrasound equipment
  • How to perform pulmonary POCUS to evaluate known or suspected COVID-19 patients
  • Incorporate this information into the care of your patients

Click here to view Dr. Minardi's video.

Follow an infected doctor as he shares his ultrasound images and experiences as a Coronavirus patient

Dr. Yale Tung Chen was diagnosed with the Coronavirus and put into quarantine. He posted ultrasound images and live updates of his experience in recovering from the Coronavirus. View his journey via his Twitter feed here.

Ultrasound Podcast on COVID-19 and Ultrasound

This is a great discussion among experts and what they've learned and experienced regarding ultrasound and the Coronavirus. Watch the video here. This is also an excellent podcast for those who are interested in learning more about ultrasound and medicine:

SonoSite's COVID-19 YouTube Playlist

This page is a great resource for learning how to perform lung ultrasound and looking at various diagnoses. SonoSite has an extensive library of ultrasound educational resources, particularly for the Point-of-Care market. Here they combine their best resources to help you learn pulmonary ultrasound quickly. Check out SonoSite's playlist here.

About the Author

Brian Gill is Probo Medical’s Vice President of Marketing. He has been in the ultrasound industry since 1999. From sales to service to customer support, he has done everything from circuit board repair and on-site service to networking and PACS, to training clinicians on ultrasound equipment. Through the years, Brian has trained more than 500 clinicians on over 100 different ultrasound machines. Currently, Brian is known as the industry expert in evaluating ultrasounds and training users on all makes and models of ultrasound equipment, this includes consulting with manufacturers with equipment evaluations during all stages of product development.