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Tracheobronchitis Signs Observed on Ventilation Lung Scintigraphy During the Course of COVID-19 Infection​

“Not only lung parenchyma but also the endothelial lining of the respiratory track, are vulnerable to SARS-CoV2 infection, due to high ACE2 receptor expression (i.e. this receptor constitutes the gateway into the body for the virus).“ – from Professor Pierre-Yves Marie, MD, PhD at Hospital Center University of Nancy, France.

Department of Nuclear Medicine CHRU-Nancy, France continued clinical work with VERITON-CT64 digital SPECT/CT is featured in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: Image of the Month, May 2020.

Technegas™ uptake has previously been observed in the trachea-bronchial areas of patients with bronchitis or COPD, but in our experience, is particularly marked in COVID-19 patients, suggesting intense tracheobronchitis, affecting more than one third of the COVID-19 patients undergoing lung scintigraphy in our department.“
“And it may sometime be isolated, without any CT or perfusion lung abnormality, constituting then the sole evident cause of the dyspnea in certain COVID-19 patients.”

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