Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on imaging in oncological trials

Deroose, CM, Lecouvet, FE, Collette, L , Oprea-Lager, DE, Kunz, WG, Bidaut, Luc, Verhoeff, JJC, Caramella, C, Lopci, E, Tombal, B, de Geus-Oei, L-F, Fournier, L, Smits, M and deSouza, NM (2020) Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on imaging in oncological trials. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging . ISSN 1619-7089

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Abstract

The unprecedented demand for hospital services during the
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has dramatically reduced
the capability for dealing with non-acute health needs, including
cancer care [1, 2]. To alleviate burden on health care systems,
including imaging and laboratory services, curtailment of
non-COVID-19-related research activity has been necessary
[3]. Measures that reduce hospital visits have been adopted to
limit risk of infection and death, which is critical in a cancer
population whose age and immunocompromised status increases
their risk [4]. Imaging, however, requires hospital visits
and close contact with staff and equipment; both are sources of
disease transmission. Equipment used to image COVID-19
cases may retain virus on its surface for days [5, 6] unless
disinfected. The need for social distancing and for disinfecting
equipment substantially slows imaging workflow and reduces
throughput. This article discusses the specific impact of pandemics
such as SARS-CoV-2 on imaging in oncological trials.

Keywords:Clinical Trials, Imaging, Cancer, COVID-19, Coronavirus
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B820 Radiology
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
C Biological Sciences > C521 Medical Microbiology
C Biological Sciences > C431 Medical Genetics
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B190 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C741 Medical Biochemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:41172
Deposited On:19 Jun 2020 14:24

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