Multiinstitutional U.S. Academic Radiology Perspectives on Inpatient Diagnostic Imaging of Patients With Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Persons Under Investigation

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2021 Jan;216(1):264-270. doi: 10.2214/AJR.20.23415. Epub 2020 Aug 26.


OBJECTIVE. This article presents the perspectives of radiologists in different sub-specialties at three institutions across the United States regarding inpatient imaging of patients confirmed to have coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and persons under investigation (i.e., patients suspected to have COVID-19). CONCLUSION. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted radiologists to become aware of imaging findings related to the disease and to develop workflows for the imaging of patients with COVID-19 and persons under investigation, to optimize care for all patients and preserve the health of health care workers.

Keywords: COVID-19; caregiver protection; coronavirus; coronavirus disease; imaging protocols; infection; patient protection.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • COVID-19 / diagnostic imaging*
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Workflow