Computed tomography surveillance helps tracking COVID-19 outbreak

Akihiro Machitori, Tomoyuki Noguchi, Yusuke Kawata, Nobuhiko Horioka, Akihiro Nishie, Daisuke Kakihara, Kousei Ishigami, Shigeki Aoki, Yutaka Imai

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Purpose: To reveal that a computed tomography surveillance program (CT-surveillance) could demonstrate the epidemiologic features of COVID-19 infection and simultaneously investigate the type and frequency of CT findings using clinical CT data. Materials and methods: We targeted individuals with possible CT findings of viral pneumonia. Using an online questionnaire, we asked Japanese board-certified radiologists to register their patients’ information including patient age and sex, the CT examination date, the results of PCR test for COVID-19 infection, CT findings, and the postal code of the medical institution that performed the CT. We compared the diurnal patient number and the cumulative regional distribution map of registrations in CT-surveillance to those of the PCR-positive patient surveillance (PCR-surveillance). Results: A total of 637 patients was registered from January 1 to April 17, 2020 for CT-surveillance. Their PCR test results were positive (n = 62.5–398%), negative (n = 8.9–57%), unknown (n = 26.2–167%), and other disease (n = 2.4–15%). An age peak at 60–69 years and male dominance were observed in CT-surveillance. The most common CT finding was bilaterally distributed ground-glass opacities. The diurnal number and the cumulative regional distribution map by CT-surveillance showed tendencies that were similar to those revealed by PCR-surveillance. Conclusion: Using clinical CT data, CT-surveillance program delineated the epidemiologic features of COVID-19 infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1176
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Radiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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