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COVID RT-PCR test: If positive, don't rush for a CT scan, advises Dr Hemant Thacker

Updated : April 26, 2021 06:41:10 IST

Dr Hemant Thacker, Cardio-Metabolic Specialist at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital in an interview with CNBC-TV18 said that the utility of a CT scan is on the fifth day of testing positive. Hence he advised patients to not rush for a CT scan.

“Just because you have tested positive on RT-PCR, don’t go the next day and do a CT scan. The utility of the CT scan after the fifth day when you can really pick up the depth of the disease,” he said.

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He also said that once the CT scan is done, let your doctor decide the next step.

“Once you get the scan, your doctor will interpret. If you have more than 8/25 which means more than 33 percent of your lung is involved, your physician should tell you what the next step is depending on your constitution, co-morbidities, and symptoms. He may even treat you at home or he may want to put you in hospital, but let the decision be his,” he said.
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