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Introduction to Lung Ultrasound for Physiotherapists

Introduction to Lung Ultrasound for Physiotherapists

  • 03 Feb, 2018
  • Registration/coffee at 08.30, Course 09.00 - 17.10
Physiotherapy Department, Cork University Hospital

Presenter Name

Aymeric Le Neindre & Maruis Lebret

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Respiratory Care

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

225 (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

1.      Outline the physics principles underlying the use of ultrasound for diagnostic purposes

2.      Recognise the features of a diagnostic ultrasound unit and discuss the appropriate ultrasound unit settings to optimize the image in different lung zones

3.      Describe the basic features of an ultrasonographic image

4.      Describe the primary ultrasonographic signs of pleural effusion, pneumothorax, lung consolidation and alveolar interstitial syndrome.   

5.      Discuss the role of ultrasonography in respiratory physiotherapy and recognise limitations of thoracic ultrasound

6.      Understand the clinical governance issues and requirements for further training and skills development

Event Description

Lung ultrasound (LUS) is increasingly being used by non-physicians (including physiotherapists) in other countries due to increasing evidence for its excellent diagnostic accuracy and monitoring capabilities.  As the limitations of chest x-rays and auscultation as pulmonary outcome measures are well described in the literature, LUS has huge potential for physiotherapists in accurately identifying lung pathology and directly affecting clinical reasoning. 

Competency/clinical governance:

Lung Ultrasound is an Advanced Practice Activity for Physiotherapists. This one day course is the initial stage of a training pathway required to develop competency in practicing LUS and only covers the fundamental knowledge and skills required to commence on this pathway.  Course participants will need to independently source a suitably qualified mentor in their own workplace and complete a series of supervised/mentored scans until competency is gained in recognising the required range of pathologies relevant to respiratory physiotherapy.

The course alone does not provide participants with sufficient competency to start using LUS in their clinical practice.

The extent to which the training can be implemented will rely on organisational policy and approval of governance arrangements. Participants are guided to the HSCPs Position Statement and toolkit on Advanced Practice for further information on Advanced Practice. 

Presenter Profile

Aymeric Le Neindre: a French MSc-qualified physiotherapist working in the clinical research centre of the St. Joseph Hospital Group in Paris.  He is also the head of the physiotherapy department at Forcilles Hospital in Paris.  He recently published a narrative review related to lung ultrasonography in chest physiotherapy: ‘Thoracic ultrasound: Potential new tool for physiotherapists in respiratory management’.  Aymeric frequently presents oral and poster communications related to lung ultrasound in chest physiotherapy at various national and international meetings.  He is currently doing a PhD and his clinical research interests are focused on lung and diaphragm ultrasound in acute care.  He is especially interested in the impact of diagnostic ultrasound in the clinical decision making associated with chest physiotherapy.  Aymeric has delivered practical lung ultrasound courses at the International Francophone Congress for student physiotherapists, in French physiotherapy schools and for post-graduate physiotherapists in Bucharest, London and Paris. 

Maruis Lebret: a French physiotherapist experienced in the field of respiratory disease.  While doing his PhD in the domain of sleep disordered breathing in Grenoble, Marius is also working as a university teacher at ‘Grenoble University Joseph Fourier’ and practicing thoracic ultrasound in private practice and hospital settings.  

Cost to Attend

ISCP members rate: €225

CPRC member rate: €202 

Physiotherapists who are not current members of ISCP but who have previously had ISCP membership can avail of this course and 6 months ISCP membership for a total of €375.


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