New studies in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has found that a point-of-care ultrasound is more accurate than either the stethescope or x-rays for diagnosing pnemonia (traditional methods of diagnosis).The studies, one by VP Shah, and another by K Darge and A Chen, were conducted at Mt. Sinai and University of Pennsylvania. The emergency physicians received 1 hour of training. The ultrasound was positive for pneumonia if it showed "lung consolidation.
In the future, ultrasound may supplement or replace chest X-rays to diagnose pneumonia.