COVID-19: How the Radiology Department Should Combat this Global Pandemic TE01-TE06
Dr. Tanvi Modi,
Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, S.V. Road, Vile Parle-West, Mumbai-400056, Maharashtra, India.
The impact of the global pandemic due to novel Coronavirus Disease (nCOVID-19) has been braced by all medical subspecialties, including the radiology department. As Computerised Tomography (CT) of the chest as well as radiographs gain more and more importance in diagnosing, following up and prognosticating this respiratory infection, it becomes essential to have set protocols in place regarding imaging, disinfection and departmental workflow to ensure smooth functioning and protection of patients and health care workers. We have formulated the “AMMO” protocol as a guide to smooth functioning of the radiology department, which enumerates the steps to be taken for organisation of patient workload, organising equipment, disinfection protocols, maintaining the health and safety of radiology healthcare workers along with timely and accurate reporting. By combining the established guidelines and the knowledge gained from our experience at a dedicated COVID-19 hospital, this article aims to provide a reference in the management of radiology departments during this pandemic.