CT scan chest findings in symptomatic COVID-19 patients: a reliable alternative for diagnosis

  • Benjamin D. Sarkodie Department of Radiology, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu, Accra
  • Yaw B. Mensah Department of Radiology, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu, Accra
Keywords: Computed Tomography, COVID-19, Coronavirus disease 2019, RT-PCR, Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction

Abstract

Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the chest plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 pneumoniashows typical CT Scan features which can aid diagnoses and therefore help in the early detection and isolation of infected patients. CT scanners are readily available in many parts of Ghana. It is able to show findings typical for COVID-19 infection of the chest, even in instances where Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) misses the diagnosis. Little is known about the diagnostic potential of chest CT scan and COVID-19 among physicians even though CT scan offers a high diagnostic accuracy.

Published
2020-12-31

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