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Scientist Adopts Handheld Ultrasound Devices To Speed Diagnosis of Severe Coronavirus

Doctor using ultrasound devices such as this one to quickly diagnose COVID-19|Getty Image

In contrast with COVID-19, many emergency physicians worldwide have begun using POCUS units as first-line protection. It often takes 24 hours for blood tests and long waiting for CT scanning rooms. But these tiny ultrasonic devices will expose lung damage on the premises and show physicians whether people can breathe on their own or should be aided with a ventilator.

These small ultrasound devices can help physicians track individuals who are already reported to have COVID-19 infections. Highly infectious patients will also be taken to radiology departments for scans, which would increase the risk of infection transmission in a hospital.

It is necessary to cover the gurneys used for this procedure. And after any use of radiology devices, which leads to retards, must be disinfected. Larger ultrasound units can be moved between the rooms of individuals but also take relatively long to disinfect.

Health staff may also wrap portable samples and tablets in secure plastic sleeves, making it simpler and safer to take scans daily. This will allow physicians to compare the images they have today with those they took yesterday — or hours ago — to monitor the often unpredictable progress of COVID-19.

Ultrasonic devices bounce out soft tissues from internal organisms like the heart and the liver, an embryo, or a fetus in utero to produce images, a long time staple in medical diagnostics.

Like larger ultrasound instruments, the portable device shows visible signs of lung disease.

Before treating them, doctors inspect the pleura, the membrane that covers each lung. Under normal conditions, the viewer sees a reflection of the pleura throughout those organs as a number of equidistant horizontal lines called A-lines.

“When you scan healthy lungs, you see, nice, beautiful A-lines lined up very symmetrically,” says John Martin, chief medical officer at Butterfly Network. But when fluids build up, vertical streaks, called B lines, appear. As a condition worsens and lungs lose air, their tissue starts to look compressed and dense”.

The identification of this combined substance will allow ultrasound users to diagnose pneumonia COVID-19, a serious and potentially lethal complication, which is a sign of extreme coronaviral infection.

The use of ultrasound treatment equipment was fairly slow before the pandemic came to light. As The pandemic surfaced the demand rose.

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