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Thoracic Ultrasound and Integrated Imaging

  • Francesco Feletti
  • Bruna Malta
  • Andrea Aliverti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Technique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 3-11
    3. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 13-30
    4. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 31-40
  3. Semeiotics and Integrated Imaging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Gebhard Mathis
      Pages 43-59
    3. M. Sperandeo, G. Rea
      Pages 61-82
    4. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 83-102
    5. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 103-127
    6. Christoph F. Dietrich, Nathan Atkinson, Christian Jenssen
      Pages 129-152
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Ron Berant
      Pages 163-173
    3. Jung-Un Choi, Abdulrahman Alharthy, Dimitrios Karakitsos, Lawrence M. Gillman
      Pages 175-180
    4. Alexander P. Brueder, Samira Shojaee, A. Christine Argento
      Pages 181-198
    5. Francesco Feletti, Bruna Malta, Andrea Aliverti
      Pages 199-209
    6. Christian Görg, Corinna Trenker
      Pages 211-240
    7. Lorenzo Ball, Noemi Baretta, Simone Bazurro, Paolo Pelosi
      Pages 241-245
  5. Clinical and Radiological Correlations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247

About this book


This book focuses on thoracic ultrasound, a versatile, diagnostically accurate, low-cost, noninvasive and non-ionizing imaging technique. Thanks to portable devices, the method can be used to provide quick and accurate diagnoses in emergency settings, during transport, or at the patient’s bedside in intensive care units. In addition, as a dynamic examination that allows “real-time” assessment, it can be used to optimize diagnoses, the use of respiratory support equipment, surgical interventions and physiopathological assessments, both in critical patients and those with chronic conditions. Lastly, since it avoids ionizing radiation, thoracic ultrasound offers a first-line diagnostic tool for thoracic disease assessment in connection with pregnancy, neonatology and pediatrics.

Pursuing a practical approach, this book also addresses the technological components that are needed in order to adequately set up the equipment. This integrated approach provides non-radiologists with essential know-how on using thoracic ultrasound as an extension of their physical examinations. Specific chapters are dedicated to thoracic ultrasound applications in neonatology, pediatrics and emergency medicine, as well as guided procedures and diaphragm function studies. Thoracic ultrasound has been a central element in the editors’ clinical and experimental work for several years, and the book also includes contributions by prominent international experts on specific applications. Given its content and scope, the book will be of interest to all medical practitioners seeking a practical approach to thoracic ultrasound.


B lines Pneumothorax Pneumonia Ultrasound-guided procedures Contrast agents

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco Feletti
    • 1
  • Bruna Malta
    • 2
  • Andrea Aliverti
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Diagnostica per ImmaginiAusl della Romagna, Ospedale S. Maria delle CrociRavennaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Diagnostica per ImmaginiAusl di Ferrara, Ospedale Universitario di FerraraFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e BioingegneriaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

About the editors

Francesco Feletti is a Radiologist at the Local Health Authority of Romagna’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging, at the S. Maria delle Croci Hospital in Ravenna. His main fields of practice are Emergency Radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Interventional Imaging. In addition, he has a unique research record and considerable expertise in extreme sports medicine.

Bruna Malta is a Radiologist at the University Hospital of Ferrara’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Medicine. Her main fields of interest are Diagnostic Imaging of the Thorax, Emergency Radiology and Pediatric Radiology.

Andrea Aliverti is Full Professor, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB), Politecnico di Milano University, Italy. His main research fields include Bioengineering of the Respiratory System, Physiological Measurements, Biomedical Instrumentation, Lung Imaging, Functional Evaluation and Respiratory Mechanics.


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“It is well written and illustrated and highly recommended as a text for aspiring and experienced practitioners, including sonographers, clinicians and radiologists.” (D Maudgil, RAD Magazine, October, 2020)