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April 27, 2021 09:01 am

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The centers were deployed on the basis of polyclinics for additional diagnostics of Muscovites with suspected coronavirus.

During the year, Moscow CT centers conducted more than 550 thousand studies for additional diagnostics of patients with suspected COVID-19, ARVI and community-acquired pneumonia. The centers were deployed on the basis of the capital’s polyclinics at the suggestion of the doctors of the clinical committee Moscow Department of Health… Within a year, they completely covered the need for high-precision instrumental diagnostics of patients.

“CT diagnostics is necessary for assessing the degree of lung damage and making a decision on hospitalization of a patient. All patients suffer from COVID-19 to varying degrees of severity. With the help of CT, doctors can reliably determine how badly the lungs are affected and whether the patient can recover at home. In one case, a person cannot survive without hospital care, in another, the body will cope with the infection on its own. This approach allows unloading the admission departments of hospitals. To date, more than 550,000 examinations have been carried out in CT centers, ”explained Alexey Bezymyanny, head of the Directorate for Coordination of Medical Organizations’ Activities of the Moscow Healthcare Department.

There are now 20 specialized CT centers in Moscow. Patients are sent for computed tomography by the doctor of the polyclinic or telemedicine center of the Moscow Department of Health, or they are delivered by an ambulance team.

The centers carry out comprehensive high-precision diagnostics of the patient. In addition to computed tomography, they take a blood test, tests for coronavirus and take an electrocardiogram. After that, specialists make a diagnosis and make a decision on hospitalization or determine the tactics of treatment at home. At the same time, those who are undergoing treatment at home are given all the necessary drugs free of charge.

In addition, over the past year, the outpatient service in general has been strengthened in Moscow: specialists from the telemedicine center provide advice around the clock, and mobile teams for vaccination against COVID-19 are working throughout the city.

All city CT centers are connected to the Unified Radiological Information Service (ERIS) of UMIAS. Using a digital platform, the results of a patient’s CT scan can be automatically loaded into his electronic medical record. They can be easily viewed using a smartphone or any device with Internet access.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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