Review: The role of chest imaging in patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational consensus statement from the Fleischner Society

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Review: The role of chest imaging in patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational consensus statement from the Fleischner Society

Review: The role of chest imaging in patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational consensus statement from the Fleischner Society

This panel report contains five main and three additional recommendations intended to help medical practitioners use CXR and CT in the management of COVID-19.

While mild cases of COVID-19 appear like other common upper respiratory viral infections, more severe cases involve respiratory dysfunction as the principal source of morbidity and mortality. Chest X-rays and computed tomography (CT) are useful tools for pulmonary disease diagnosis and management, but their role in the management of COVID-19 is not well understood. We do not have solid data on pre-test probability, risk factors for disease progression, and critical resource constraints.

This multidisciplinary panel of radiologists and pulmonologists from 10 countries with experience managing COVID-19 patients evaluated the utility of imaging in 3 scenarios over a variety of risk factors, community conditions, and resource constraints. They answered 14 key questions, corresponding to 11 decision points within the 3 scenarios and 3 additional clinical situations.

|2020-04-08T13:45:53-04:00April 8th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: The role of chest imaging in patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational consensus statement from the Fleischner Society

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