Role of Imaging in Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19: A Multiorgan Multimodality Imaging Review

Vinithra Varadarajan, Mahsima Shabani, Bharath Ambale Venkatesh, Joao A.C. Lima

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In this pandemic of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a vast proportion of healthcare resources, including imaging tools, have been dedicated to the management of affected patients; yet, the frequent reports of unknown presentations and complications of disease over time have been changing the usual standard of care and resource allocation in health centers. As of now, we have witnessed multisystemic symptoms requiring the collaboration of different clinical teams in COVID-19 patients' care. Compared to previous viral pandemics, imaging modalities are now playing an essential role in the diagnosis and management of patients. This widespread utility of imaging modalities calls for a deeper understanding of potential radiologic findings in this disease and identifying the most compatible imaging protocol with safety precautions. Although initially used for respiratory tract evaluation, imaging modalities have also been used for cardiovascular, neurologic, and gastrointestinal evaluation of patients with COVID-19. In this narrative review article, we provide multimodality and multisystemic review of imaging techniques and features that can aid in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number765975
JournalFrontiers in Medicine
StatePublished - Nov 8 2021


  • COVID-19
  • biomarkers
  • diagnosis
  • imaging
  • management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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