Current Imaging Trends in COVID-19 Pneumonia

  • Anamika Jha Department of Radiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Benu Lohani Department of Radiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Ram Kumar Ghimire Department of Radiology, Nepal Mediciti Hospital, Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, Nepal.
Keywords: COVID-19 pneumonia; chest X-ray; CT scan.

Abstract

COVID-19 has rapidly emerged as a pandemic threatening lives and healthcare systems worldwide.
With the emergence of the disease in Nepal, all faculties of medicine need to be well prepared to
face the challenge. Fortunately, now plenty of research is available to facilitate our preparedness
in the war against COVID-19. The reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction is the current
gold standard diagnostic test and chest Computed Tomography scan for screening the disease is
considered inappropriate by most society recommendations. The Nepal Radiologists’ Association
has proposed its guidelines which have been endorsed by the Nepal Medical Council. This article
aims to summarize the role of imaging focusing on chest X-ray and Computed Tomography scan
including the indications, specific findings, and important differentials. Imaging needs to be done
taking necessary precautions, to minimize disease transmission, protect health care personnel, and
preserve health care system functioning.

Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Jha, A., Lohani, B., & Ghimire, R. K. (2020). Current Imaging Trends in COVID-19 Pneumonia. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 58(226). https://doi.org/10.31729/jnma.4992