“SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME”

Atypical pneumonia caused by a coronavirus. The imaging features are non-specific and indicative of diffuse alveolar damage. About 20% require intensive therapy unit (ITU) treatment; overall mortality about 10%.
PLAIN FILM
•  May be normal initially, progressing to airspace opacification.
CT
•  Ground-glass opacification/consolidation initially affecting the lower zones (commonly bilateral), then becoming widespread in severe cases.



 

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