US imaging volumes plummet 55% amid COVID-19 pandemic

US imaging volumes plummet 55% amid COVID-19 pandemic

por John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | July 21, 2020
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"We hope that our numbers and policies thus far will help health systems in different parts of the country prepare should their regional COVID-19 incidence rates and policies look similar to ours in this particular study over the remaining course of this pandemic," he said.

The researchers recommend that large and small institutions continue publicizing their actual data to show how the pandemic has affected different types of radiology practices, and have created a handbook of their own on how to keep patients and staff safe.

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They are currently planning a similar study to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on emergency settings, and hope to create another over the next three-to-six months on the recovery of volumes and return of patients for imaging studies in light of state policy changes expected throughout the fall and winter.

The findings were published in Academic Radiology.

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