Imaging of Hematological Patients in the Era of COVID-19

Yael Eshet, Abraham Avigdor, Meirav Kedmi, Noam Tau

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), resulted in changes in management and imaging routines for patients with hematological malignancies. Treating physicians had to familiarize themselves with a new disease, with distinct imaging manifestations, sometimes overlapping with other infections prevalent in this patient population. In some aspects, infected hematological patients might exhibit a different disease course, and routine imaging in asymptomatic hematological patients may result in unexpected COVID-19 findings, implying covert infection, that should be further explored. Furthermore, some complications of hematological diseases and treatments may present with findings similar to COVID-19 manifestations, and treating physicians must consider both possibilities in the differential diagnosis. In this review, we aimed to present the influence the COVID-19 pandemic had on hematological malignancy imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalActa Haematologica
Volume145
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Hematology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Positron emission tomography-computed tomography
  • Radiology

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