In early 2020, COVID-19 massively hit Italy, earlier and harder than any other European country. This caused a series of strict containment measures, aimed at blocking the spread of the pandemic. Healthcare delivery was also affected when resources were diverted towards care of COVID-19 patients, including intensive care wards. The aim is assessing the impact of COVID-19 on cardiac imaging in Italy, compare to the Rest of Europe (RoE) and the World (RoW).
Reduction of cardiac imaging tests during the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of Italy. Findings from the IAEA Non-invasive Cardiology Protocol Survey on COVID-19 (INCAPS COVID). Dondi M, Milan E, Pontone G, Hirschfeld CB, Williams M, Shaw LJ, Pynda Y, Raggi P, Cerci R, Vitola J, Better N, Villines TC, Dorbala S, Pascual TNB, Giubbini R, Einstein AJ, Paez D; INCAPS COVID Investigators Group. Int J Cardiol. 2021 Aug 31:S0167-5273(21)01310-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2021.08.044