CT findings of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.

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CT findings of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.

BMC Med Imaging. 2020 Jun 23;20(1):70

Authors: Wang X, Liu C, Hong L, Yuan C, Ding J, Jia Q, Sun G, Peng W, Sun Q

Abstract
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the chest CT findings in sixty-seven patients infected by Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 67 patients hospitalized in Ruian People's Hospital. All the patients received the positive diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The CT and clinical data were collected between January 23rd, 2020 and February 10th, 2020. The CT images were analyzed by the senior radiologists.
RESULTS: There are 54 patients with positive CT findings and 13 patients with negative CT findings. The typical CT findings in hospitalized patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection were ground glass opacities (42/54), lesions located in the peripheral area (50/54), multiple lesions (46/54), and lesions located in the lower lobes (42/54). There were less typical CT findings, including air bronchogram (18/54), pleural thickening or pleural effusion (14/54), consolidation (12/54), lesions in the upper lobes (12/54), interlobular septal thickening (11/54), reversed halo sign (9/54), single lesion (8/54), air cavities (4/54), bronchial wall thickening (3/54), and intrathoracic lymph node enlargement (2/54).
CONCLUSIONS: CT features can play an important role in the early diagnosis and follow-up of COVID-19 patients.

PMID: 32576224 [PubMed - in process]

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