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23 April 2020

New guidelines for CT chest and chest radiograph reporting in patients with suspected COVID-19

Endorsed by the Australia and New Zealand Society of Thoracic Radiology and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, April 2020 

These guidelines have been produced based on the available medical literature (at 28 March 2020), and after careful consideration of guidelines issued by the Radiological Society of North America and the British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI). 

Whilst screening for COVID-19 infection with chest CT is not recommended at this time, the number of chest CT examinations performed for clinical assessment of patients with proven or suspected infection is increasing as the prevalence of disease within the Australia and New Zealand communities increases. Chest radiographs performed throughout the course of COVID-19 infection, particularly in hospitalised patients, are used to identify the typical and atypical features of COVID-19 infection, monitor the extent of lung involvement, inform management decisions and may identify other processes.

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