A team of international experts published seven recommendations for the use of chest imaging in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19-positive patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new rapid guidance for using chest imaging for diagnosing and managing patients who test positive for COVID-19.
For two months, international experts shared their knowledge and experience via online meetings and reviews. The result is a concise list of recommendations on how providers can best evaluate the how acceptable, feasible, and effective chest X-ray, chest CT, and lung ultrasound will be in addressing COVID-19.
The team published their guidance in the journal Radiology on July 30.
For diagnosis, the team made three recommendations:
The team made four additional recommendations for chest imaging with patient management:
The team did note that these recommendations were conditional, were based on low-to-very low certainty findings culled from existing studies, and were directed at chest imaging overall rather than specific modalities. Additionally, they said, there is a continual need for more evidence about the diagnostic and prognostic value of imaging modalities in the management of the pandemic.