Restrictions put on CT-scan use for Covid diagnosis, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Aurangabad: A positive RT-PCR test or referral made by a treating doctor will be mandatory for CT-scan as a part of Covid treatment or diagnosis in Aurangabad district.

Observing that CT-scan centres were witnessing unwanted crowding, the district administration has put restrictions on the rampant use of such diagnostic techniques during the pandemic. Aurangabad collector Sunil Chavan said CT-scan itself is discouraged as a tool for Covid diagnosis.

“The health authorities are conducting Covid testing on a large scale every day and suspects should undergo the same first to detect Covid-19. Besides RT-PCR and antigen testing, X-ray and prescribed blood tests can prove handy in detecting Covid infection,” he said.

Chavan said the central team that had recently visited Aurangabad had objected to large-scale CT-scans being conducted for Covid diagnosis. “The CT-scan centres have become major sources of Covid infection. It is essential to put a check on crowding at these places,” he said, justifying the scan in question for individuals with very low oxygen level among other serious patients.

The district administration has also asked all CT-scan centres to provide daily diagnostic details to the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in a stipulated format.

Dr Sharad Kondekar, the head of the Association of Radiologists in Aurangabad district, said, “False negative RT-PCR results can be detected with the help of CT-scan effectively. Also, there are patients with other major illnesses who need CT-scans done to negate the possibility of Covid-19 in order to avail treatment. As the outcome of RT-PCR testing is available within 24-hours, CT-scan helps such patients,” he said.

Kondekar added that all radiologists in Aurangabad have been asked to comply with the directives issued by the district administration.

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