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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1981 Feb;136(2):297-301.

Real-time sonography of pleural opacities.

Abstract

Fifty patients with radiographic pleural or pleural-based opacities were examined with high resolution real-time sonographic sector scanning. In 90% of cases selected for thoracentesis, fluid sufficient for diagnosis was obtained. Complex, septated pleural loculations contained an exudative effusion in 74% of the patients, while anechoic areas yielded exudative and transudative effusions with almost equal frequency. The use of real-time scanning is stressed because of greater flexibility and shorter examination time compared to compound scanning, and its utility for portable scanning on critically ill patients.

PMID:
6781250
DOI:
10.2214/ajr.136.2.297
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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