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Low Dose Chest CT and Lung Ultrasound for the Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to use low- and non-radiating chest imaging techniques on a large scale in the context of an infectious disease, which has never been done before. Previously, low-dose techniques were rarely used for infectious diseases, despite the recognised danger of ionising radiation. Method: To evaluate the role of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) and lung ultrasound (LUS) in managing COVID-19 pneumonia, we performed a review of the literature including our cases. Results: Chest LDCT is now performed routinely when diagnosing and assessing the severity of COVID-19, allowing patients to be rapidly triaged. The extent of lung involvement assessed by LDCT is accurate in terms of predicting poor clinical outcomes in COVID-19-infected patients. Infectious disease specialists are less familiar with LUS, but this technique is also of great interest for a rapid diagnosis of patients with COVID-19 and is effective at assessing patient prognosis. Conclusions: COVID-19 is currently accelerating the transition to low-dose and “no-dose” imaging techniques to explore infectious pneumonia and their long-term consequences.
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hal-03282013 , version 1 (21-06-2023)

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Julie Finance, Laurent Zieleskewicz, Paul Habert, Alexis Jacquier, Philippe Parola, et al.. Low Dose Chest CT and Lung Ultrasound for the Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2021, 10 (10), pp.2196. ⟨10.3390/jcm10102196⟩. ⟨hal-03282013⟩
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