The second session of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Pleural and Lung Ultrasound was held in Pisa, Italy May 11-12.  Ultrasound leaders from across the globe were present, including Mount Sinai’s Jim Tsung. Thwarting recent Icelandic ash clouds, Dr. Tsung teleconferenced in as the the conferences’ first virtual attendee.

Dr. Tsung joined notable faculty including:

  • Roberto Copetti
  • Mahmoud El Barbary
  • Luna Gargani
  • Daniel Lichtenstein
  • Gerhard Mathis
  • Andrea Reissig
  • Gino Soldati
  • Giovanni Volpicelli

As well as other leaders in thoracic ultrasound imaging. The conference focused on establishing common nomenclature for thoracic ultrasound anatomy, a review of literature published on the topic, and presentations of research by Dr. Roberto Copetti (neonatal & pediatric lung ultrasound) and Jim Tsung (pediatric pneumonia and bronchiolitis).

The third session is scheduled for October 7-9 in Rome. This will coincide with the WINFOCUS 6th World Congress on Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care.

Here is a list of some of the key publications which will serve as the evidence base for the consensus conference:

1.  Lichtenstein DA, Meziere GA.  Relevance of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of acute respiratory failure: the BLUE protocol.  Chest. 2008 Jul;134(1):117-25.
 
2. Lichtenstein DA.  Ultrasound in the management of thoracic disease.  Crit Care Med. 2007 May;35(5 Suppl):s250-61. Review.
 
3. Lichtenstein DA.  Lascols N, Meziere G et al.  Ultrasound diagnosis of alveolar consolidation in the critically ill.  Intensive Care Med. 2004 Feb;30(2):276-81.
 
4.  Lichtenstein DA, Menu Y.  A bedside ultrasound sign ruling out pneumothorax in the critically ill: lung sliding.  Chest.  1995 Nov; 108(5):1345-8.
 
5. Volpicelli G, Caramello V, Cardinale L, et al.  Bedside ultrasound of the lung for the monitoring of acute decompensated heart failure.  Am J Emerg Med.  2008 Jun;26(5):585-91.
 
6. Volpicelli G, Caramello V, Cardinale L et al.  Detection of sonographic B-lines in patients with normal lung or radiographic alveolar consolidation.  Me Sci Monit. 2008 Mar;14(3):CR122-8.
 
7. Volpicelli G, Mussa A, Garofalo G, et al.  Bedside lung ultrasound in the assessment of alveolar-interstitial syndrome.  Am J Emerg Med 2006 Oct;24(6):689-96.
 
8.  Agricola E, Bove T, Oppizzi M, et al.  “Ultrasound comet-tail images”: a marker of pulmonary edema: a comparative study with wedge pressure and extravascular lung water.  Chest. 2005 May;127(5):1690-5.
 
9.  Reissig A, Gorg C, Mathis G.  Transthoracic sonography in the diagnosis of pulmonary diseases: a systematic approach.  Ultraschall Med. 2009 Oct;30(5):438-54.
 
10.  Mathis G, Metzler J, Fussenegger D et al.  Sonographic observation of pulmonary infarction and early infarctions by pulmonary embolism.  Eur heart J.  1993 Jun;14(6):804-8.
 
11. Reissig A, Kroegel C.  Sonographic diagnosis and follow-up of pneumonia: a prospective study.  Respiration. 2007;74(5):537-47.
 
12.  Mathis G, Blank W, Reissig A et al.  Thoracic ultrasound for diagnosing pulmonary embolism: a prospective multicenter study of 352 patients.  Chest. 2005 Sep;128(3):1531-8.
 
13. Gargani L, Frassi F, Soldati G, et al.  Ultrasound lung comets for the differential diagnosis of acute cardiogenic dyspnoea: a comparison with natriuretic peptides.  Eur J Heart Fail. 2008 Jan;10(1):70-7.
 
14. Liteplo AS, Marill KA, Villen T, et al.  Emergency thoracic ultrasound in the differentiation of the etiology of shortness of breath (ETUDES): sonographic B-linse and N-terminal pro-brain-type natriuretic peptide in diagnosing congestive heart failure.  Acad Emerg med. 2009 Mar;16(3):201-10.
 
15. Noble VE, Murray AF, Capp R et al.  Ultrasound assessment for extravascular lung water in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Time course for resolution.  Chest. 2009 Jun;135(6):1433-9.