Assessment of Readiness of Radiology Departments in Palestinian Hospitals in Light of the Corona Virus (COVID -19) Pandemic

Anas Abd Alrauof Ahmad Khateeb
أنس عبد الرؤوف احمد خطيب
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Al-Quds University
The study aims to identify the measures to be taken by the Medical Imaging departments at hospitals in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus – COVID 19 by analyzing a group of studies related to this topic and where radiography is a critical matter in assessing the severity of the disease and its progression so working physicians in the Medical Imaging department must to be fully aware of the photographers' manifestations related to COVID19. This study sheds light on epidemiological matters and Medical Imaging to detect symptoms of Coronavirus syndromes in addition to identifying the changes that have occurred in the procedures and general safety precautions for the Medical Imaging department employees to be taken with infected people or suspected of having the disease. The results of the study include populations of radiographers in Palestinian hospitals showed that the degree of readiness of medical imaging departments in Palestinian hospitals in light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) were all moderate , The averages ranged between (3.24) and (3.36) which are for (Workers and patients) and (Workplace and equipment). By reviewing the study literature , the researcher found out the important role of computed Medical Imaging in the early diagnosis of COVID 19. In particular, the typical results that make it possible to identify the disease and distinguish it from bacterial causes of infection and to determine which group of patients may benefit from computerized tomography in addition to the precautions that must be taken when performing the tests to prevent the spread of infection. The results also showed that there are unprecedented challenges to COVID19 pandemic, the necessity of making changes, providing services and their maintenance and the need for these changes to achieve protection for employees and unaffected patients. The study concluded that the experiences of the countries affected by the pandemic can help guide those who suffer from the effects of the pandemic through guidance for radiographers to help meet the demands of their services.