Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a novel coronavirus caused a pandemic in 2003 that affected 26 countries and was most prevalent in Asia. The number of cases recorded in Singapore was second only to China.
In an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology
), a group of radiologists in Singapore outline the ways in which both medical facilities and practitioners there have incorporated lessons learned from the SARS pandemic.
"The pandemic served as a wake-up call for the medical services, which had to respond and reorganize quickly to meet the rapidly developing clinical situation," say the authors. "While we carry out our mission of imaging diagnosis and intervention, we need to be cognizant of not compromising the safety and well-being of our patients, our staff, and the community."
The article appears in the October issue of the AJR