Proposal for International Standardization of the Use of Lung Ultrasound for Patients With COVID-19

A Simple, Quantitative, Reproducible Method

Gino Soldati, Andrea Smargiassi, Riccardo Inchingolo, Danilo Buonsenso, Tiziano Perrone, Domenica Federica Briganti, Stefano Perlini, Elena Torri, Alberto Mariani, Elisa Eleonora Mossolani, Francesco Tursi, Federico Mento, Libertario Demi


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The proposal for international standardization of the use of lung ultrasonography (LUS) for patients with COVID-19 was released on March 30, 2020, by an Italian team comprising physicians currently involved in the clinical management of COVID-19 and experts in ultrasound physics and image analysis.

In the setting of COVID-19, wireless transducers and tablets represent the most appropriate equipment for LUS. If such devices are unavailable, portable machines dedicated to exclusive use for patients with COVID-19 can be used, though maximum care for sterilization is necessary. In these cases, transducer and keyboard covers are suggested, and sterilization procedures are necessary.

Keywords: COVID-19, lung ultrasound, point-of-care ultrasound, scoring system.

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Soldati G, Smargiassi A, Inchingolo R, Buonsenso D, Perrone T, Briganti DF, et al. Proposal for international standardization of the use of lung ultrasound for patients with COVID-19: a simple, quantitative, reproducible method. J Ultrasound Med. 2020 Mar 30. Available at: