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Rush for CT scans as people shun Covid test in Punjab; doctors alarmed

Manav Mander

Press Reporter News Service

Ludhiana, Could 1

Individuals getting in for repeated CT scans as an alternative of RT-PCR take a look at to detect Covid should be watchful as repeatedly getting uncovered to radiation might result in most cancers, well being specialists have warned.

Dr Bishav Mohan, senior heart specialist at Dayanand Medical School and Hospital right here, stated he had a affected person who as an alternative on counting on RT-PCR take a look at, underwent 5 CT scans on his personal inside a brief span. “His preliminary scans didn’t present any an infection within the lungs and he stored on roaming freely.

By the point he developed Covid signs, his situation had deteriorated. He’s now on ventilator,” he stated, calling it a harmful pattern.

A member of the Punjab Authorities Covid-19 job power, Dr Mohan stated CT scan ought to solely be completed in circumstances the place an individual had examined optimistic and his situation was deteriorating. “The scan is beneficial to rule out any clot or an infection within the lungs. In uncommon circumstances it’s suggested for sufferers testing destructive, however dealing with problem in respiration or their oxygen saturation dipping,” he stated.

He stated circumstances had come to gentle the place Covid-positive individuals, together with these with signs, had been venturing out of their homes on the idea of CT scan report and appearing as super-spreaders. “This should cease,” he cautioned.

One other knowledgeable, Dr Manoj Sobti, a former president of the Indian Medical Affiliation’s Punjab chapter, warned that unregulated gatherings at diagnostic centres might show to be super-spreading occasions.

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