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Neuro-Thoracic Radiologists “Corner”: Incidental Pulmonary Findings on a Neck MRI Leading to the Diagnosis of COVID-19

Neuro-Thoracic Radiologists “Corner”: Incidental Pulmonary Findings on a Neck MRI Leading to the... LETTERS Neuro-Thoracic Radiologists “Corner”: Incidental Pulmonary Findings on a Neck MRI Leading to the Diagnosis of COVID-19 e read with great interest the recently published article by WJain et al in the July 2020 issue of the American Journal of Neuroradiology. In this article, the authors reported a cohort of 17 patients who presented to the emergency department with either trauma or stroke-like symptoms and underwent neuroimaging evaluation revealing incidental thoracic findings on a CTA of the neck or CT of the cervical/thoracic spine, suspicious for viral pneu- monia, triggering testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with an eventual diagnosis of coro- navirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is emphasized that neuroradi- ologists should be familiar with the imaging appearance of common thoracic and abdominal diseases that can be detected on neuroimaging studies and they should always carefully scrutinize the image “corners” or “blind-spots” to minimize perceptual diag- nostic errors, the significance of which has never been more im- portant. Similarly, as MR imaging outpatient volumes continue to return to normal levels as the country reopens, larger numbers of potentially infected-but-asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic patients will be coming to the radiology clinics each day, providing new opportunities for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Neuroradiology American Journal of Neuroradiology

Neuro-Thoracic Radiologists “Corner”: Incidental Pulmonary Findings on a Neck MRI Leading to the Diagnosis of COVID-19

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Publisher
American Journal of Neuroradiology
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© 2020 by American Journal of Neuroradiology. Indicates open access to non-subscribers at www.ajnr.org
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0195-6108
eISSN
1936-959X
DOI
10.3174/ajnr.A6699
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Abstract

LETTERS Neuro-Thoracic Radiologists “Corner”: Incidental Pulmonary Findings on a Neck MRI Leading to the Diagnosis of COVID-19 e read with great interest the recently published article by WJain et al in the July 2020 issue of the American Journal of Neuroradiology. In this article, the authors reported a cohort of 17 patients who presented to the emergency department with either trauma or stroke-like symptoms and underwent neuroimaging evaluation revealing incidental thoracic findings on a CTA of the neck or CT of the cervical/thoracic spine, suspicious for viral pneu- monia, triggering testing for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with an eventual diagnosis of coro- navirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is emphasized that neuroradi- ologists should be familiar with the imaging appearance of common thoracic and abdominal diseases that can be detected on neuroimaging studies and they should always carefully scrutinize the image “corners” or “blind-spots” to minimize perceptual diag- nostic errors, the significance of which has never been more im- portant. Similarly, as MR imaging outpatient volumes continue to return to normal levels as the country reopens, larger numbers of potentially infected-but-asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic patients will be coming to the radiology clinics each day, providing new opportunities for

Journal

American Journal of NeuroradiologyAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology

Published: Sep 1, 2020

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