RSP Message

RSP Statement in this Covid-19 war

Radiological Society of Pakistan (RSP) remains responsible for the safety of its colleagues, staff along with families and above all patients, in these unprecedented times. We are determined to win this war against Covid-19.

We strongly recommend compliance with our Governments’ and WHOs’ directives despite the fact they would differ in some respects from the proposed statement(s) of RSP based on our continuous efforts to stay abreast with this rapidly evolving situation. Essentially these are:

1. Minimizing Risk to Staff

  • Workforce preservation and reducing staff
  • Infection ControlSocial distancing, apart from hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): the entire team of RSP is actively teaching and enforcing through videos, mail shots to minimize risk to our staff. Training how to select appropriate PPE, how to put on, remove, and dispose of PPE’s and general preventive measures.
  • Reschedule non-urgent outpatient visits including routine screening tests.” This is even more relevant given the paucity of testing available so far.
  • Cancer diagnostic assessments for priority cases should continue cautiously, based on severity defined by each hospital policy.

2. Infection Control

  • Pre imaging planning, define transfer routes, designate XR/CT units.
  • Disinfection protocol application.

3. Role of Imaging

  • Diagnosis, Progress,
  • Role of XR/CT in management pathways
  • Imaging finding for Covid-19 patients and a structured reporting template.

We fully endorse the recent multinational consensus statement from Fleischner society:

  • Imaging is not indicated in patients with suspected COVID-19 and mild clinical features unless they are at risk for disease progression.
  • Imaging is indicated in a patient with COVID-19 and worsening respiratory status.
  • In a resource-constrained environment, imaging is indicated for medical triage of patients with suspected COVID-19 who present with moderate-severe clinical features and a high pre-test probability of disease.

Hope to keep you updated