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

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

Publication date: May 30, 2020

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.

Concepts Keywords
Coronavirus Nuclear medicine
Diagnostic Imaging Medical imaging
Diagnostic Test Image processing
Healthcare Cardiac imaging
Infection Medicine
North America Apex infection
Pandemic Scarcity healthcare
PPE Utilization imaging
SARS Imaging
Streamlines Healthcare
Health
Medical specialties
Diagnostic imaging
Diagnostic tests
MRI

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH infection
drug DRUGBANK Etoperidone

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