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Can an abdominal ultrasound detect if u have lung problems or disorders?Can it pick up problems of the lungs too?Thanks

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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Yes

Lung ultrasound is becoming more and more common.
We often do lung ultrasound in the ICU. An abdominal US, if it detects problems with your lungs, will likely be a pleural effusion. It could also detect pneumonia and things like tumors. The vascular ultrasound probes are used to look for fluid overload and pneumothorax.

In brief: Yes

Lung ultrasound is becoming more and more common.
We often do lung ultrasound in the ICU. An abdominal US, if it detects problems with your lungs, will likely be a pleural effusion. It could also detect pneumonia and things like tumors. The vascular ultrasound probes are used to look for fluid overload and pneumothorax.
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Michael Sanders
NOTE: if the ultrasound was of the abdomen and picked up a lung problem, it will likely be an effusion or the problem that is seen will be of the lower lungs.
Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology
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In brief: No

Because of the physics of ultrasound, things that are air containing (like lungs) cannot be evaluated.
However, a pleural effusion, which is fluid in the space just outside your lungs, can be seen with ultrasound.

In brief: No

Because of the physics of ultrasound, things that are air containing (like lungs) cannot be evaluated.
However, a pleural effusion, which is fluid in the space just outside your lungs, can be seen with ultrasound.
Dr. Amy Levine
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: No

An abdominal ultrasound scan looks at the abdomen, and not at the lungs.
It might detect a lung problem if the lung problem extended to the top of the abdomen. The abdominal ultrasound is not intended to detect or look for lung problems.

In brief: No

An abdominal ultrasound scan looks at the abdomen, and not at the lungs.
It might detect a lung problem if the lung problem extended to the top of the abdomen. The abdominal ultrasound is not intended to detect or look for lung problems.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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