Clin Radiol 2022 Apr 8. Epub 2022 Apr 8.
Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Aim: To evaluate the change in diagnosis rates, disease severity at presentation, and treatment of acute appendicitis and diverticulitis during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Materials And Methods: Following institutional review board approval, 6,002 CT examinations performed at five hospitals for suspected acute appendicitis and/or diverticulitis over the 12 weeks preceding and following the shutdown were reviewed retrospectively. Semi-automated language analysis (SALA) of the report classified 3,676 CT examinations as negative. Read More