New Delhi: AIIMS director Dr. Randeep Guleria on Monday said that the computerized tomography scan (CT scan) cannot properly detect mild coronavirus cases and warned against its misuse.
While addressing a press conference, he said, CT-SCan and biomarkers are being misused. There is no advantage in doing CT-Scan if you have mild symptoms. One CT-Scan is equivalent to 300 chest x-rays, it’s very harmful. With frequent CTs, the risk of cancer in later life increases, for youngsters.
The current recommendation is that, if you have recovered from COVID then you should take both doses of vaccine. In scientific language, the first dose is priming while the second dose is a booster dose, he added
The current recommendation is that, if you have recovered from COVID then you should take both doses of vaccine. In scientific language, the first dose is priming while the second dose is a booster dose: AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria
— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2021
“If you are in doubt, then go for a chest X-ray first, if necessary, the doctor will give proper advice whether a CT scan is needed or not,” Randeep Guleria said.
While speaking about biomarkers, Dr Guleria said “If one is Covid positive with mild symptoms then there is no need to go for blood tests, CPC or LDH as these will only create a panic reaction. These biomarkers are acute phase reactants which will increase with inflammation in your body.”
He said that Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and plasma therapy were only emergency measures.
The surge in the COVID-19 cases continues to affect India as the country records 3,68,147 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
According to the Union Health Ministry, as many as 3,417 deaths and 3,00,732 recoveries were also recorded in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative count of the COVID-19 has gone up to 1,99,25,604, while as many as 2,18,959 people have succumbed to the disease so far. A total of 16,29,3003 people have recovered from the disease till now.