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World Health Organization urges against using chest imaging to diagnose COVID-19

World Health Organization urges against using chest imaging to diagnose COVID-19


August 2, 2020

An Article by Marty Stempniak


Add the World Health Organization to the growing list of experts advocating against the use of chest imaging to diagnose patients with COVID-19 in most cases.

The special agency of the United Nations just released its own set of recommendations on radiology’s role in assessing and managing those with the novel coronavirus. WHO does not endorse chest imaging for diagnosing the disease—unless lab tests are unavailable, or results are delayed—but noted that scans can be a useful tool for managing COVID patients.

WHO said several countries have asked for guidance in the use of chest imaging during the pandemic, with the agency publishing the results of its literature review Thursday in Radiology. A recent global survey conducted by the International Society of Radiology found “important variations in imaging practices related to COVID-19” that needed to be addressed, the authors noted.

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"World Health Organization urges against using chest imaging to diagnose COVID-19". Radiology Business, 2020, https://www.radiologybusiness.com/topics/care-delivery/world-health-organization-chest-imaging-diagnose-covid-19?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=rb_news. Accessed 3 August 2020..