Use of Chest Imaging in COVID-19: A Rapid Advice Guide   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Since its identification in China in December 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has rapidly evolved into a pandemic. COVID-19 manifests with non-specific respiratory symptoms of variable severity and may require advanced respiratory support. The diagnosis of COVID-19 is currently confirmed by laboratory testing through identification of viral RNA in reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Chest imaging has been considered as part of the diagnostic workup of patients with suspected or probable COVID-19 disease where RT-CR is not available, or results are delayed or are initially negative in the presence of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Imaging has been also considered to complement clinical evaluation and laboratory parameters in the management of patients already diagnosed with COVID-19. [...] This rapid advice guide examines the evidence and makes recommendations for the use of chest imaging in acute care of adult patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19, including chest radiography, computed tomography (CT) and lung ultrasound. It is intended to be a practical guide for health care professionals involved in the care pathway of COVID-19, from the time of presentation to a health facility to home discharge. The guidance is relevant to patients with different levels of disease severity, from asymptomatic individuals to critically ill patients."

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2020 World Health Organization. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo/]
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World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
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