COVID-19 and the Radiology Department: Tips to Keep Everyone Safe
By now everyone knows about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pneumonia that emerged in December, 2019. Since then, this highly contagious virus has been spreading worldwide, with a rapid rise in the number of deaths. We’ve seen a variety of chest imaging features being reported, which are similar to those found in other types of coronavirus syndromes.
As with any respiratory-attacking virus, chest x-ray imaging is critical in assessing severity and disease progression of the infection. The increased usage of CT and chest portable x-ray imaging has pushed many radiology departments beyond capacity to keep up with the patients presenting with symptoms of COVID-19. During this intense time while healthcare workers struggle to diagnose and treat this novel coronavirus, implementation of a robust plan in the radiology department is crucial to prevent further transmission of the virus to patients and department staff members.