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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1814-1817

Role of radiology in RT-PCR negative COVID-19 pneumonia: Review and recommendations


1 Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of General Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of Director and Professor Surgical Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Binit Sureka
Associate Professor and Deputy Medical Superintendent, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan - 342 005
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2108_20

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Currently, RT-PCR is the gold standard for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, due to the time-consuming laboratory tests and the low positivity rate of RT-PCR, it cannot be an ideal screening tool for infected population. In this review article, we have reviewed studies related to RT-PCR and CT chest and we would like to give our recommendations. Depending upon the patient's clinical symptoms and radiology imaging typical of viral pneumonia compatible with COVID-19 infection, clinicians need to consider isolation of these patients early even if the RT-PCR test is negative.


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