Statement from the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging on imaging strategies to reduce the scarcity of healthcare resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

Gregory Kicska, Diana E. Litmanovich, Karen G. Ordovas, Phillip M. Young, Carole Dennie, Quynh A. Truong, Suhny Abbara, Jacobo Kirsch

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is an evolving global pandemic that is predicted to strain healthcare resources at multiple locations throughout North America and the World. As of April 6, 2020, the apex of infection rates is predicted to occur within 1 to 5 weeks at various locations. Widespread reports of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, and healthcare worker exposure to disease have become commonplace. To mitigate this crisis, we are suggesting imaging strategies that aim to use the least PPE, require the smallest number of potential staff exposures, and streamlines utilization of imaging. They are broadly organized by (1) substituting a noninvasive diagnostic test in place of a semi-invasive or invasive diagnostic tests, and (2) consolidating diagnostic imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1393
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume36
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID19
  • Cardiac CT
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiovascular imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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