Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Emergency Radiology - Technical Note

Container computed tomography scanner: a solution for modular emergency radiology department during the COVID-19 pandemic


Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China


COVID-19 Medical Team (Hubei) of West China Hospital, Wuhan Red Cross hospital, Wuhan, China


Department of Radiology, Wuhan Red Cross Hospital, Wuhan, China

Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 1: -
Read: 130 Published: 04 January 2021

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic period, container computed tomography (CT) scanners were developed and used for the first time in China to perform CT examinations for patients with clinically mild to moderate COVID-19 who didn’t need to be hospitalized for comprehensive treatment, but need to be isolated in Fangcang shelter hospitals (also known as makeshift hospitals) to receive some supportive treatment. The container CT is a multi-detector CT scanner installed within a radiation-protected stand-alone container (a detachable lead shielding room) that is deployed outside the makeshift hospital buildings. The container CT approach provided various medical institutions with the solution not only for rapid CT installation and high adaptability to site environments, but also for significantly minimizing the risk of cross-infection between radiological personnel and patients during CT examination in the pandemic. In this article, we described the typical setups of a container CT and how it worked for chest CT examinations in Wuhan city, the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak.

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