Radiologist Reporting and Operatinal Management for Patients With Suspected COVID- 19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19) pandemic has created new challenges for health care with regard to patient triage, isolation, and diagnosis. To manage and control the pandemic, patients with suspected COVID- 19 must be isolated and expediently tested; positive patients must be cared for personal protective equipment and, if discharged, instructed to self quarantine. Radiology plays an important role in this process in two main respects: first, patients with known or suspected COVID- 19 require personnel to use personal protective equipment and undertake appropriate cleaning of imaging rooms and scanners, and second, patients with no clinical suspicion for COVID- 19 (hereafter unsuspected patients) maybe identified by imaging itself. To address those two scenarios effectively, radiologists need to establish unambiguous reporting, terminology and communication algorism with resulting downstream workflows to handle each scenario.

Radiologist Reporting and Operatinal Management for Patients With Suspected COVID- 19
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