Thoracic imaging in COVID-19

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Cleve Clin J Med. 2020 Jul 31;87(8):469-476. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.87a.ccc032.


The typical findings of COVID-19 on chest radiography and computed tomography (CT) include bilateral, multifocal parenchymal opacities (ground-glass opacities with or without consolidation, and "crazy paving"). In most cases, the opacities are predominantly in the peripheral and lower lung zones, and several have rounded morphology. However, these imaging findings are not pathognomonic for COVID-19 pneumonia and can be seen in other viral and bacterial infections, as well as with noninfectious causes such as drug toxicity and connective tissue disease. Most radiology professional organizations and societies recommend against routine screening CT to diagnose or exclude COVID-19.

PMID:32737043 | DOI:10.3949/ccjm.87a.ccc032

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