Imaging of coronavirus disease 2019: A Chinese expert consensus statement

Eur J Radiol. 2020 Jun;127:109008. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2020.109008. Epub 2020 Apr 18.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is highly contagious, mainly causing inflammatory lesions in the lungs, and can also cause damage to the intestine and liver. The rapid spread of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia has posed complex challenges to global public health. Early detection, isolation, diagnosis, and treatment are the most effective means of prevention and control. At present, the epidemic situation of new coronavirus infection has tended to be controlled in China, and it is still in a period of rapid rise in much of the world. The current gold standard for the diagnosis of COVID-19 is the detection of coronavirus nucleic acids, but imaging has an important role in the detection of lung lesions, stratification, evaluation of treatment strategies, and differentiation of mixed infections. This Chinese expert consensus statement summarizes the imaging features of COVID-19 pneumonia and may help radiologists across the world to understand this disease better.

Keywords: COVID-19 pneumonia; Computed tomography; Imaging features.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • China / epidemiology
  • Consensus
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / pathology
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Radiologists
  • SARS-CoV-2