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Chest CT scans play important role in diagnosing COVID-19

  • May 10, 2020
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Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that Japanese doctors are increasingly relying on CT scans to treat COVID-19 patients amid the ongoing difficulty in increasing PCR testing capacity. Although chest CT scans are not used to diagnose COVID-19, they appear to be helpful in detecting complications, such as pneumonia, in the early stages for patients with minor symptoms. Some doctors reportedly believe that CT scans might offer a more accurate way to diagnose the new pathogen. As Japan has the world’s highest number of CT scanners per 1 million people, the daily said the equipment may play a key role in identifying COVID-19 patients.

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