Navigating “Down Time” During COVID-19

In an effort to slow the spread of the corona virus, many elective medical procedures, including screening imaging studies have been postponed. As a result, the volume of cases in radiology departments has dramatically decreased. While some radiologists may be extra-busy supporting the
new “schooling at home” status of their children, and others may now have extra duties caring for an elderly parent without their usual support, many radiologists now have increased down time. Being “radiologically idle,” at least in the short term, may very well stimulate a desire for meaningful
contribution, especially given the increasing volumes of patients infected with COVID-19 and the massive changes in our country and our world. While radiologists may be called upon in various ways as the situation evolves, what positive things can be done with this down time?

Navigating “Down Time” During COVID-19
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