I will trust ultrasound any day over my stethoscope for finding pulmonary edema on lung exam. This is one of the easiest lung exams on ultrasound. Like all ultrasound findings, be sure to take b-lines in context with other clinical information. 5minsono video here.
There are some aspects of lung ultrasound that are difficult. Looking for pulmonary edema is NOT one of them. This can really help in the acutely ill patient or the patient with undifferentiated dyspnea. 2 minute video here.
This is as bread & butter as it gets… Ultrasound is far better than x-ray when you want to find a pneumothorax. I use this most commonly in a hemodynamically UNSTABLE patient when time is the essence. 2 minute video here.
You might think that the clavicle would get in the way of using ultrasound guidance in subclavian central line placement, but it doesn’t… 2 minute video here.