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As COVID-19 tests remain scarce, some physicians turn to CT for diagnosis

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | April 13, 2020
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However, not all concur with this more conservative approach to scanning.

Mt. Sinai Health System radiologist Dr. Adam Bernheim, who has now analyzed hundreds of COVID-19 CT scans, told the news agency that he finds that the “rounded gray and white spots at the outer edge of the lung” are “very atypical.”

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He described these spots as “clear enough that you can see through it, but it’s kind of hazy.”

And even at Mt. Sinai, which has available testing, the scans have proved helpful, he noted.

When scanning patients with COVID-19 is in order, extreme caution should be used to fight against the spread of infection.

The ACR advises that “appropriate infection control procedures should be followed before scanning subsequent patients.”

In addition, it suggests that “facilities may consider deploying portable radiography units in ambulatory care facilities for use when CXRs are considered medically necessary,” noting that, “the surfaces of these machines can be easily cleaned, avoiding the need to bring patients into radiography rooms.”

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