Chest Computed Tomography for Detection of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Don't Rush the Science

Ann Intern Med. 2020 Jul 21;173(2):147-148. doi: 10.7326/M20-1382. Epub 2020 Apr 8.


This commentary discusses the findings of early studies that addressed the use of chest computed tomography for the detection of COVID-19. The authors urge caution in rushing science and overinterpreting preliminary or flawed data.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Pandemics
  • Peer Review, Research
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography, Thoracic*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*