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“Tip of the Iceberg”: The Impact of COVID-19 Long-Haulers on Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging

Patients who have long-lasting, lingering symptoms of COVID-19 could present a growing impact on imaging services.

COVID-19 vaccine rates may be rising, but the pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere. But, it isn’t just the virus that’s lingering – many previously infected patients are still feeling the effects of the disease.

Diagnosing COVID-19-positive patients during the early stages of the pandemic put a heavy weight on radiology, and, according to Lillian Chiu, M.D., a radiologist with New York Medical College, if more patients become “long-haulers,” patients who experience long-lasting symptoms, that pressure on radiologists and imaging services ...