Thursday, July 29, 2021

Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms should avoid CT scans: AIIMS director

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The director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Randeep Guleria, on Monday, urged all those having mild symptoms of Covid-19 to avoid going for unnecessary CT scans,  stating that CT scan will show a few patches which will end without any treatment.

While addressing a press conference, Randeep Guleria said, “There have been studies which show that around 30-40 per cent of people who are asymptomatic but are Covid positive and got a CT Scan done, they also had patches which ended without any treatment.”

He further also added that one CT scan is equivalent to 300-400 chest X-rays and this increases the risk of having cancer in later life, especially in youth, as one is exposed to harmful radiation. “If you are in doubt, then go for a chest X-ray first, if necessary, the doctor will give proper advice whether a CT scan is needed or not,” Randeep Guleria said.

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