Common Features on Chest CT May Aid Diagnosis of COVID-19

HealthDay News — Chest computed tomography (CT) has a low price of misdiagnosis of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in accordance with a examine printed on-line March four within the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Yan Li, Ph.D., and Liming Xia, M.D., each from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, reviewed scientific data, CT pictures, and corresponding picture stories from the primary 51 sufferers with a analysis of COVID-19 an infection confirmed by nucleic acid testing (23 girls and 28 males; age vary, 26 to 83 years) and two sufferers with adenovirus (one lady and one man; ages 58 and 66 years).

The researchers report that COVID-19 was misdiagnosed as a typical an infection within the preliminary CT examine in two inpatients with underlying illness and COVID-19. At the preliminary CT examine, viral pneumonia was appropriately recognized within the remaining 49 sufferers with COVID-19 and two sufferers with adenovirus. Common CT options of COVID-19 included ground-glass opacities and consolidation with or with out vascular enlargement, interlobular septal thickening, and air bronchogram signal. Uncommon CT options included the “reversed halo” signal and pulmonary nodules with a halo signal. The investigators famous overlap between the CT findings of COVID-19 and the CT findings of adenovirus an infection.

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“We found that chest CT had a low rate of missed diagnosis of COVID-19 (3.9 percent; two of 51) and may be useful as a standard method for the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 to optimize the management of patients,” the authors write.

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