Physicians across the globe are being forced to get creative to keep their doors open and care delivered. 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, more provider organizations appear to be joining the bandwagon to let radiologists telecommute. 

CXR is sometimes deployed by radiologists to assess patients suspected of having coronavirus when CT is not available, but a new study casts serious doubts on that practice. 

The results are preliminary and the study sample is small, but experts believe they warrant clinicians' attention, according to the March 26 JAMA Pediatrics analysis. 

Providers at one Italian emergency department started realizing that they could not use age or comorbidity to determine which COVID-19 patients might develop severe pneumonia. 

Missouri-based Mercy said that, as it braces for an influx of patients from the pandemic, pushing back any nonessential radiology procedures is the next step in its preparations. 

Two radiology professors with the University of Pennsylvania are offering advice to physicians navigating uncertainty when using chest CT for COVID-19. 

Susan G. Komen said its suggestion applies to healthy women of average risk for the disease and is aimed at minimizing exposure while freeing up “needed health capacity."

Consensus seems to be building against using computed tomography to diagnose the novel coronavirus, with another major society urging physicians away from the modality as a first-line tool. 

Lung US is often used for acute respiratory failure and could prove as a useful alternative aid during the outbreak, clinicians with one Italian hospital wrote in Radiology.

Overall, mortality dipped by about 1.5% on average between 2001 and 2017, with the decline more pronounced among men than women. 

The American College of Radiology is urging physicians to only deploy computed tomography sparingly, given concerns about specificity and infection control.