Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Utility of lung ultrasound scanning in neonatology
  1. Patricia Lee Woods1,2
  1. 1 Neonatal Directorate, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women Perth, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2 Centre for Neonatal Research & Education, School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Patricia Lee Woods, Neonatal Directorate, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Western Australia 6008, Australia; Patricia.Woods{at}


The utility of point-of-care lung ultrasound in neonatology is rapidly expanding. This review summarises current evidence of a diagnostic, procedural and observational tool valuable in the management of newborns requiring intensive care. Approaching a patient, probe in-hand with focused clinical question is essential, and barriers to implication together with important research questions are explored.

  • lung ultrasound
  • neonatology
  • point of care

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Contributors PLW is the sole author of this article and responsible for performing all original ultrasound studies presented herein. The author wishes to acknowledge Associate Professor Andrew Gill for his peer support and contribution to the implementation and teaching point-of-care neonatal lung ultrasound in neonatology at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth and as faculty of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound Medicine. Mr Malcolm Bruce is also acknowledged for his assistance with medical illustrations.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests PLW is a co-author of the online learning package hosted by ASUM ‘Lung Ultrasound In Neonatology’ with reference to illustrations provided in online supplementary video files S1a–f.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.