COVID 19 and a new light on the importance of chest x-rays

Julian Dobranowski, MD, FRCPC FCAR
Professor Radiology, Chair of the Department of Radiology McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Do you think that the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the way we use chest x-ray?

Julian Dobranowski, MD, FRCPC FCAR: I think that COVID 19 has shed a new light on the importance of chest x-rays and the importance of being able to interpret subtle findings. When you have gross pathology on a chest x-ray, it's easy for anybody to identify the abnormalities. With COVID we understand that the abnormalities can be quite subtle, so it's important to be able to pick up these changes on an x-ray, and not only rely on CT scanning or other tests to give us the diagnosis.

Dr. Julian Dobranowski is a professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at McMaster University, chief of diagnostic imaging at Niagara Health, and provincial head for the Cancer Imaging Program at Cancer Care Ontario.

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