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dc.contributor.authorAntonios, Lara
dc.contributor.authorChen, Wengen
dc.contributor.authorDilsizian, Vasken
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-16T12:57:02Z
dc.date.available2021-07-16T12:57:02Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-17
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/16196
dc.description.abstractThe pandemic of coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) not only directly causes high morbidity and mortality of the disease, but also indirectly affects patients with pre-existing medical conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, with delayed or deferred outpatient care and procedure including nuclear medicine studies because of concerns about exposure to the virus. In this article, the impact of COVID-19 on hospital operation and nuclear medicine practice in the United States along with recommendations and guidance from major academic organizations are presented. Safe operation of specific nuclear medicine scans, such as lung scintigraphy and nuclear cardiac imaging, are reviewed in the context of balancing benefits to patients against the risk of exacerbating the spread of the virus. Thoughtful reintroduction of nuclear medicine services are discussed based on ethical considerations that maximize benefits to those who are likely to benefit most, taking into consideration baseline health inequities, and ensuring that all decisions reflect best available evidence with transparent communication. Finally, potential correlation between decreased volume of nuclear cardiac studies performed during the pandemic and corresponding increased deaths from ischemic and hypertensive cardiac disease is discussed.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2021.06.003en_US
dc.description.urihttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/34246451/en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Inc.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofSeminars in Nuclear Medicineen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectnuclear cardiac studiesen_US
dc.subject.meshCOVID-19en_US
dc.subject.meshNuclear Medicine Department, Hospitalen_US
dc.titleThe Impact of COVID-19 on Nuclear Medicine Operations Including Cardiovascular Manifestations in the USAen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2021.06.003
dc.identifier.pmid34246451
dc.source.countryUnited States


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