publication . Article . 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Upcoming Influenza Season—Does an Expert’s Computed Tomography Assessment Differentially Identify COVID-19, Influenza and Pneumonias of Other Origin?

Johannes Rueckel; Nicola Fink; Sophia Kaestle; Theresa Stüber; Vincent Schwarze; Eva Gresser; Boj Hoppe; Jan Rudolph; Wolfgang G. Kunz; Jens Ricke; ...
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2021 Journal: Journal of Clinical Medicine, volume 10, issue 1 (eissn: 2077-0383, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI
Abstract
(1) Background: Time-consuming SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR suffers from limited sensitivity in early infection stages whereas fast available chest CT can already raise COVID-19 suspicion. Nevertheless, radiologists’ performance to differentiate COVID-19, especially from influenza pneumonia, is not sufficiently characterized. (2) Methods: A total of 201 pneumonia CTs were identified and divided into subgroups based on RT-PCR: 78 COVID-19 CTs, 65 influenza CTs and 62 Non-COVID-19-Non-influenza (NCNI) CTs. Three radiology experts (blinded from RT-PCR results) raised pathogen-specific suspicion (separately for COVID-19, influenza, bacterial pneumonia and fungal pneumonia) acc...
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free text keywords: Article, COVID-19, Sars-CoV-2, influenza, pneumonia, computed tomography, radiology, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, Fungal pneumonia, medicine.disease, medicine, Pandemic, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Computed tomography, medicine.diagnostic_test, Influenza season, Internal medicine, medicine.medical_specialty, Chest ct, business.industry, business, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), Bacterial pneumonia
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