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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 119-121
Where have all the diseases gone during the COVID-19 pandemic?

1 Department of Radiology, Breach Candy Hospital and Trust, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Aditya Shetty
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DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_721_20

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This article focuses on a marked drop in volumes in the lockdown period during the COVID-19 pandemic across all modalities X-ray, sonography, CT scan and MRI scans and compares the volumes of data between a private and public hospital in Mumbai. This trend has been witnessed globally also. Even with easing of lockdown this has not reflected in an increase in numbers. Imaging volumes of a 1900-bed public hospital and a 220-bed private hospital in Mumbai were collated for all modalities, i.e., X-ray, sonography, CT and MRI for the months January, February 2020- Prelockdown, March 2020 Peri-lockdown, April, May 2020- Lockdown, June Unlock 1.0, July Unlock 2.0. The imaging volumes during lockdown, Unlock, were compared with prelockdown values. It was initially felt that this was due to a fear of visiting hospitals that are considered hotbeds of SARS-CoV-2. However, the same status has persisted over the 2 months of lockdown and the 2 months of unlocking. What is the cause of this huge drop in imaging volumes?

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