At present, we do not recommend chest radiography (CXR), computed tomography (CT) or lung ultrasound (LUS) to diagnose COVID-19.

Chest radiographic findings include bilateral patchy opacities, though CXR is considered unreliable in detecting the early phase of the pneumonia. CT findings are bilateral and peripheral ground-glass and consolidative pulmonary opacities.

We recommend:

  1.  The use of imaging when required for exclusion of other pathology from the differential diagnosis.
  2. The use of imaging when required to identify the cause of sudden deterioration in a patient (e.g. tension pneumothorax).
  3. Portable CXR preferentially over patient movement to radiology where possible.

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