RSNA compiles, shares best practices on COVID-19 for radiology

An expert task force convened by the Radiological Society of North America has authored a 7-page document to guide radiology departments and practices through the current public-health crisis. RSNA posted the document online April 30.

The stated aim of the guidance is to help protect healthcare workers as well as the general public while also keeping radiology operations focused on maintaining critical clinical functions.

Activities covered in actionable bullet format include elective imaging, imaging of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, postimaging room cleaning, PPE for staff and 11 other topics.

Press materials sent by RSNA quote task force chair Mahmud Mossa-Basha, MD, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

In compiling the guidance, he says, the task force received input from a group of radiologists “with varied expertise and from different geographic and practice structure backgrounds. These multi-national radiologists are at the forefront of COVID-19 diagnosis and imaging algorithm development, national and institutional policy and guideline creation, and COVID-19 research.”

Along with the new guidance document, RSNA is maintaining an online community to host COVID-19 discussions, and additional RSNA COVID-19 resources are posted at RSNA.org/covid-19.