A pleural effusion is an abnormal collection of fluid in the pleural space.
Removal of this fluid by needle aspiration is called a thoracentesis.
Thoracentesis can be both diagnostic and therapeutic for the patient.
It is a percutaneous procedure in which a needle or catheter is passed into the pleural space for evacuation of these pleural fluid.
Whereas, therapeutic thoracentesis is performed to palliate dyspnea or impaired ventilation arising from accumulation of pleural fluid, to improve post-drainage chest imaging, to predict success of lung re-expansion in malignant effusions, or to expedite effusion clearance with a single pleural procedure while awaiting the effect of disease-modulating therapies.
The WiFi ultrasound scanner SIFULTRAS-5.2 provides improved needle insertion site selection, better characterization of pleural anatomy, and higher rates of procedural success than physical examination alone.
In brief, using SIFULTRAS-5.2 wan not only detect smaller effusion but most important decrease the very high complication rate associated with it.