vRad, a MEDNAX company, has seen a noteworthy increase in computed tomography utilization as the number of U.S. cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has picked up. vRad radiologist Greg Klisch was recently credited with accurately interpreting chest CT images to diagnose COVID-19, which scientists later confirmed with lab tests. Despite that success, Dr. Benjamin Strong, Chief Medical Officer, echoed concerns voiced by the American College of Radiology and others that physicians should not use CT as a first-line diagnostic tool during the pandemic. “My gut tells me that the test will always be the definitive diagnostic because it is, in fact, specific,” said Dr. Strong. “I would like to see efforts centered around better, more accurate and more accessible testing. I think everyone with the viral syndrome getting a chest CT could overwhelm the nation’s imaging infrastructure, quite honestly, since we’re already strapped nationwide from a radiology standpoint.”

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