RSNA and Medical Organizations Encourage Patients to #ReturnToCare
COVID-19 pandemic has left many patients unsure about scheduling imaging exams
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients opted to postpone elective, screening and other time-sensitive imaging exams that are important to their health. With imaging centers and health care facilities reopening with stringent safety guidelines, RSNA and other radiology organizations are joining their physician colleagues and patient advocacy groups throughout medicine to encourage patients to #ReturnToCare.
Studies have shown dramatic declines in screenings and cancer-related care due to COVID-19. Radiologists are encouraged to contact patients to discuss scheduling imaging exams based on the guidelines in their region, at their hospital and radiology department.
RSNA offers a variety of radiology practice and patient-focused COVID-19 related resources.
- The RSNA COVID-19 Resources webpage is updated regularly with links to original research, guidelines, education and multimedia presentations.
- RadiologyInfo.org, RSNA and ACR's public information website, has a Medical Imaging and Coronavirus Safety page
- RSNA News posted a story on Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Radiology Practice.
RSNA is part of a coalition of medical organizations and patient advocacy groups promoting the #ReturnToCare campaign. The campaign encourages patients to talk to their doctors about scheduling missed or delayed exams, including imaging, where appropriate. For information about the #ReturnToCare campaign, visit www.returntocarecampaign.org.
For More Information
Read the RSNA COVID-19 Task Force: Post COVID Surge Radiology Preparedness guidelines.
Watch the COVID-19 surge and post-surge webinars in the RSNA Online Learning Center.
Read the Radiology: Imaging Cancer editorial, Transitioning to a New Normal After COVID-19: Preparing to Get Back on Track for Cancer Imaging.