Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology and the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Statement on COVID -19
Updated March 30, 2020
- A normal chest CT scan cannot exclude the diagnosis of COVID-19 especially for patients with recent onset of symptoms. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the final diagnosis of COVID-19 infection should be confirmed by a positive RT-PCR test. This is the reference standard.
- The Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology (CSTR)/Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) recommend against the use of routine chest CT for screening, diagnosis and surveillance of COVID-19 infection. The CSTR/CAR recommend chest CT in patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection who may have developed complications such as a lung abscess or empyema.
COVID-19 Chest CT Findings: What you need to know – March 16, 2020 Video Update from Dr. Carole Dennie, CSTR President
The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) and Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Guidelines for Interventional Radiology Procedures for the Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 – March 24, 2020
Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR) COVID-19 Position Statement – March 10, 2020
For additional CAR updates on COVID-19 click here.