COVID-19: X-ray and computed tomography help with the diagnosis

COVID-19: X-ray and computed tomography help with the diagnosis

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Detect coronavirus: X-rays and CT can help with the diagnosis

The disease COVID-19 triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 mostly shows non-specific symptoms. This often doesn't make diagnosis so easy. Experts are now reporting that X-rays and computed tomography (CT) can help identify the condition.

If an infection with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is suspected, detection is usually carried out via swabs from the mouth, nose or throat. But X-rays and CT can also help with the diagnosis.

If the symptoms indicate infection despite a negative test

According to a recent announcement from the Hannover Medical School (MHH), the diagnostic methods for COVID-19 can reach their limits.

Then X-rays and computed tomography (CT) come into play.

If a case is not clear, i.e. if the SARS-CoV-2 test by means of PCR (PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction) is negative, but the patient's symptoms indicate something else, then they can support the two- or three-dimensional images.

Corona virus cannot be specifically identified on the images

"We do the imaging especially in severe cases and to assess the course of the disease," explains Prof. Dr. Vogel-Claussen, Senior Consultant in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the MHH.

X-rays and CT were also used to identify complications in a seriously ill patient in good time.

According to the information, however, X-ray and CT images cannot be used solely for diagnosis, because the coronavirus cannot be specifically identified on the images.

The radiologists can only see certain signs in the image, i.e. clues, that are typical of Corona. (ad)

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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Video: Imaging Features of COVID-19 (October 2022).