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Ultrasounds Could Replace Radiography in Detecting Pneumonia in Children

A recent study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has found that chest ultrasounds could be as accurate in detecting pneumonia in children as chest x-rays.

This means children in resource-limited areas would have better access to diagnostic methods and that children may not need to be exposed to radiation when testing for pneumonia.

Dr. Lilliam Ambroggio led the research, and she said, “The advent of ultrasound technology in the diagnosis of pneumonia in developing countries is potentially easier to establish as the infrastructure needed to perform and interpret a chest ultrasound is much less than what is needed to perform a chest radiograph.”

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