Diagnostic value and key features of computed tomography in Coronavirus Disease 2019.

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Diagnostic value and key features of computed tomography in Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Emerg Microbes Infect. 2020 Dec;9(1):787-793

Authors: Li B, Li X, Wang Y, Han Y, Wang Y, Wang C, Zhang G, Jin J, Jia H, Fan F, Ma W, Liu H, Zhou Y

Abstract
On 31 December 2019, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, and caused the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To date, computed tomography (CT) findings have been recommended as major evidence for the clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 in Hubei, China. This review focuses on the imaging characteristics and changes throughout the disease course in patients with COVID-19 in order to provide some help for clinicians. Typical CT findings included bilateral ground-glass opacity, pulmonary consolidation, and prominent distribution in the posterior and peripheral parts of the lungs. This review also provides a comparison between COVID-19 and other diseases that have similar CT findings. Since most patients with COVID-19 infection share typical imaging features, radiological examinations have an irreplaceable role in screening, diagnosis and monitoring treatment effects in clinical practice.

PMID: 32241244 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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