Role of computed tomography in COVID-19

Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

22 Settembre Set 2020 one month ago
  • Pontone G, Mancini ME, Guglielmo M, Baggiano A, Muscogiuri G, Fusini L, Andreini D, Mushtaq S, Conte E, Annoni A, Formenti A, Pompilio G, Pepi M

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a rapid worldwide pandemic. While COVID-19 primarily manifests as an interstitial pneumonia and severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, severe involvement of other organs has been documented. In this article, we will review the role of non-contrast chest computed tomography in the diagnosis, follow-up and prognosis of patients affected by COVID-19 pneumonia with a detailed description of the imaging findings that may be encountered. Given that patients with COVID-19 may also suffer from coagulopathy, we will discuss the role of CT pulmonary angiography in the detection of acute pulmonary embolism. Finally, we will describe more advanced applications of CT in the differential diagnosis of myocardial injury with an emphasis on ruling out acute coronary syndrome and myocarditis.

Reference

Pontone G, Scafuri S, Mancini ME, Agalbato C, Guglielmo M, Baggiano A, Muscogiuri G, Fusini L, Andreini D, Mushtaq S, Conte E, Annoni A, Formenti A, Gennari AG, Guaricci AI, Rabbat MR, Pompilio G, Pepi M, Rossi A. Role of computed tomography in COVID-19. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr 2020 Sep 4;S1934-5925(20)30436-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jcct.2020.08.013

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