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Dear Ultrasound Insider,

Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in children around the world, and incidence is particularly high in developing countries. But diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia can be challenging, in part due to the variation in signs and symptoms.

Pneumonia has typically been identified with chest x-ray and clinical presentation. Chest CT is also used and has excellent diagnostic accuracy, but its drawbacks include radiation exposure, high cost, and the possible need for sedation of pediatric patients.

That's where lung ultrasound comes in. Researchers have determined that the modality is a viable alternative to chest x-ray and CT for diagnosing pneumonia in children, with a sensitivity of 94% and a specificity of 92%. Find out more in this edition's Insider Exclusive.

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