Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2020, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (2): 27-42.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2020.200029

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Chinese Expert Consensus on Critical Care Ultrasound Applications at COVID-19 Pandemic

Faqin Lv, MDa, Jinrui Wang, MDb,*(), Xing Yu, MDc,*(), Aiping Yang, MDd,*(), Ji-Bin Liu, MDe,*(), Linxue Qian, MDf, Huixiong Xu, MDg, Ligang Cui, MDb, Mingxing Xie, MDh, Xi Liu, MDi, Chengzhong Peng, MDj, Yi Huang, MDk, Haiyan Kou, MDl, Shengzheng Wu, MDa, Xi Yang, MDm, Bin Tu, MDn, Huaping Jia, MDo, Qingyi Meng, MDp, Jie Liu, MDa, Ruizhong Ye, MDj   

  1. a Hainan Hospital of PLA General Hospital, Sanya, China
    b Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China
    c National Health Commission Contraceptives Management Center for Health, Beijing, China
    d National Health Commission Capacity Building and Continuing Education Center, Beijing, China
    e Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA
    f Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
    g Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
    h Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
    i Air Force Medical Center, Beijing, China
    j Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital, Hangzhou, China
    k Xi’an Chest Hospital, Xi’an, China
    l The Third Medical Center of PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China
    m Hanyang Hospital Affiliated to Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
    n Foshan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Foshan, China
    o PLA Strategic Support Force Characteristic Medical Center, Beijing, China
    p The First Medical Center of PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Received:2020-04-01 Online:2020-06-30 Published:2020-04-17
  • Contact: Jinrui Wang, MD,Xing Yu, MD,Aiping Yang, MD,Ji-Bin Liu, MD,;;;


The spread of new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) follows a different pattern than previous respiratory viruses, posing a serious public health risk worldwide. World Health Organization (WHO) named the disease as COVID-19 and declared it a pandemic. COVID-19 is characterized by highly contagious nature, rapid transmission, swift clinical course, profound worldwide impact, and high mortality among critically ill patients. Chest X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), and ultrasound are commonly used imaging modalities. Among them, ultrasound, due to its portability and non-invasiveness, can be easily moved to the bedside for examination at any time. In addition, with use of 4G or 5G networks, remote ultrasound consultation can also be performed, which allows ultrasound to be used in isolated medial areas. Besides, the contact surface of ultrasound probe with patients is small and easy to be disinfected. Therefore, ultrasound has gotten lots of positive feedbacks from the frontline healthcare workers, and it has played an indispensable role in the course of COVID-19 diagnosis and follow up.

Key words: COVID-19; Lung; Cardiac; Ultrasound; Bedside assessment; Remote ultrasound