Policies and Guidelines for COVID-19 Preparedness: Experiences from the University of Washington

Radiology. 2020 Aug;296(2):E26-E31. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2020201326. Epub 2020 Apr 8.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic initially manifested in the United States in the greater Seattle area and has rapidly progressed across the nation in the past 2 months, with the United States having the highest number of cases in the world. Radiology departments play a critical role in policy and guideline development both for the department and for the institutions, specifically in planning diagnostic screening, triage, and management of patients. In addition, radiology workflows, volumes, and access must be optimized in preparation for the expected surges in the number of patients with COVID-19. In this article, the authors discuss the processes that have been implemented at the University of Washington in managing the COVID-19 pandemic as well in preparing for patient surges, which may provide important guidance for other radiology departments who are in the early stages of preparation and management.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / diagnosis
  • COVID-19* / therapy
  • Disaster Planning
  • Health Policy*
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Radiology Department, Hospital / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Radiology Department, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Radiology Department, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Washington