The artificial count of artifacts for thoracic ultrasound: what is the clinical usefulness?

Carla Maria Irene Quarato, Mariapia Venuti, Marco Sperandeo

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Abstract

Many works in the literature have shown that the increase in the number of B lines is a nonspecific sign of underlying pulmonary disease. Actually these artifacts are the result of a physical effect of ultrasound between the chest wall and the pulmonary air. Nevertheless the intra- and inter-operator variability in B-lines counting does not only reside only in the count itself but depends also on the type and frequency of the probe used, as well as the ultrasound scan machine setting and the patient’s chest shape. In our opinion, proposing a software algorithm to count lines B seems like an unproductive effort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1381
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

Keywords

  • B-lines
  • Inter-observer reliability
  • Intra-observer reliability
  • Transthoracic ultrasound
  • Ultrasound artifacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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