Utilizing Ultrasound for COVID-19

COVID-19 Ultrasound
Utilizing Ultrasound for COVID-19
 
COVID-19 White Paper

Learn more about how ultrasound can be used in the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Siemens Healthineers we stand with our customers and their patients during this unprecedented time. We are working hard to provide the best possible support to healthcare providers at each stage of COVID-19 patient care.

Our objective, at this critical time and always, is to support our healthcare professionals, in delivering high-value care to patients and families. We will remain focused on this goal during these difficult days and will continue to work with all of our stakeholders to ensure that we overcome this challenge.

COVID-19 and Ultrasound

Lung Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the lung is a fairly new exam. With the high acoustic mismatch between soft tissue and air, typically we cannot image the lung due to total reflection of the ultrasound beam. In recent years, clinicians found that different conditions may cause ultrasound artifacts that can help diagnose different lung pathology. Lung ultrasound is strongly recommended for acute respiratory failure and can be a useful alternative during the COVID-19 outbreak if CT is not readily available. (A “strong correlation” has been shown between ultrasound and CT findings with patients who presented with flu-like symptoms and COVID-19 pneumonia.*)

COVID-19 tends to affect the terminal alveoli in the peripheral area of the lung. Lesions tend to be close to the pleura which is exactly where ultrasound works best.

Ultrasound findings:

  • Thickened, irregular pleural line (broken glass appearance) Seen with COVID-19
  • B-lines (patchy areas seen in viral pneumonia with some normal looking lung)
  • Confluence (multiple B-lines that join together)
  • Consolidation (solidification of lung tissue; tissue and fluid where air would normally be)
  • Pleural Effusion (fluid in the chest cavity)

 

Disinfection Information

We recognize that disinfection of equipment and systems is more important than ever. Access the below links for the latest information on our disinfection protocols for our ultrasound systems and their related parts. 

Customer Services

In these unprecedented times, with restricted visitor access to your hospitals and clinics, the need for remotely supporting installation activities and resolving issues with your existing systems is critical - now more than ever.

Smart Remote Services and eSieLink Remote Assistance from Siemens Healthineers, enables Clinical Sales Specialists and Customer Service Engineers to provide effective remote application and technical support 24/7.

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Solutions

ACUSON P500<br />

ACUSON P500

ACUSON P500 portable powerful bedside ultrasound with FAST and Lung report templates for emergency medicine
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ACUSON Freestyle

ACUSON Freestyle

A portable ultrasound system designed for bedside scanning with 60-minute battery life and wireless transducers
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ACUSON Juniper

ACUSON Juniper

A portable ultrasound system designed for bedside scanning and able to easily move around facility. 90-degree rotation to access either side of bed and disposable protective keyboard skin
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ACUSON NX2

ACUSON NX2

A portable ultrasound system designed for bedside scanning that can help with COVID-19 monitoring
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ACUSON NX3

ACUSON NX3

A portable ultrasound system designed for bedside scanning that can help with COVID-19 monitoring
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ACUSON Redwood

ACUSON Redwood

Premium image quality supporting general and shared services cardiac imaging
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ACUSON Sequoia

ACUSON Sequoia

Flagship ultrasound system designed for the most challenging patients
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All of our ultrasound systems are available with remote service support options to reduce downtime and provide a seamless experience for you and your patients.

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* https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.2020200847