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Radiography (Lond) ; 26(3): 264-268, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-88343


OBJECTIVES: From December 2019, a novel coronavirus disease named COVID-19 was reported in China. Within 3 months, the World Health Organization defined COVID-19 as a pandemic, with more than 370,000 cases and 16,000 deaths worldwide. In consideration of the crucial role of diagnostic testing during COVID-19, the aim of this technical note was to provide a complete synthesis of approaches implemented for the management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. KEY FINDINGS: The planning of a robust plan to prevent the transmission of the virus to patients and department staff members should be fundamental in each radiology service. Moreover, the speed of spread and the incidence of the pandemic make it necessary to optimize the use of personal protective devices and dedicated COVID-19 equipment, given the limited availability of supplies. CONCLUSION: In the management of radiographic and CT imaging, staff should take special precautions to limit contamination between patients and other patients or professionals. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: An isolated imaging room should be dedicated to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, including radiography and CT scanners. This paper will provide guidance concerning disposable protective gear to be utilized, as well as on the cleaning and sanitation of radiology room and equipment.

Coronavirus Infections/diagnostic imaging , Infection Control/organization & administration , Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical/prevention & control , Pandemics/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnostic imaging , Radiology Department, Hospital/organization & administration , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Female , Global Health , Humans , Male , Occupational Health , Patient Safety , Personal Protective Equipment/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Primary Prevention/organization & administration , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/epidemiology , World Health Organization