Multiple radiologists chimed in with mockery on-line following a section during which CNN anchor Chris Cuomo shared a “scary” lung x-ray with colleague Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Cuomo was identified with COVID-19 final week.
“I have to tell you it is scary to have your lungs go up there and see that stuff and be like, ‘What is that? What is that smoke in there?’ And they tell you that’s the virus,” Cuomo mentioned earlier this week.
“The second I saw that x-ray I saw infiltrate on it, even though I don’t know what infiltrate even means,” the brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo admitted.
He put the pictures on the display for Gupta to assessment.
Gupta’s Response – Meh
“You’re right,” Gupta replied. “One of the things that you’ll hear is infiltrate, do you have an infiltrate in your chest, in your lungs, and that’s basically a collection of inflammatory fluid.”
Cuomo claimed that regardless of not understanding what it means, this x-ray clearly has “infiltrate” on it.
Why did Gupta indulge him in discussing if he didn’t know what he was seeing?
CNN’s resident physician added the x-ray “looks pretty good,” exhibiting indicators of “a little bit of fluid buildup there.”
“But not something that I would definitively call pneumonia,” one thing medical doctors could be searching for, he added.
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 7, 2020
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Radiologists Weren’t Buying It
Several radiologists responded to the section on social media, suggesting Cuomo and Gupta have been perhaps over-dramatizing issues only a smidge.
“As a Radiologist for 30+ years, that x-ray reading made me open my books to figure out what ‘Normal’ looks like,” wrote Dr. Mahesh Kumar, a former head of radiology at Pennine Acute Trust.
Tom Folan, a “board-certified radiologist,” was much more straight ahead in his reply.
“Now I’m no neurosurgeon, and I only read 1000’s of CXRs every year, but to my eyes, that CXR is stone-cold normal,” he wrote.
He additionally mocked use of the time period ‘infiltrates’ in radiology.
“Can somebody please point out these ‘infiltrates’ to me,” he requested. “I see a normal cardiomediastinal silhouette, no evidence of effusion, normal lung volume, normal interstitial markings and clear lungs with no acute osseous abnormalities.”
Oh howdy, Board-certified diagnostic radiologist right here.
Now I’m no neurosurgeon, and I solely learn 1000’s of CXRs yearly, however to my eyes, that CXR is stone chilly regular.
Also: disregard the radiological interpretation of anybody who makes use of the time period “infiltrates” on CXR#Radiology https://t.co/J16JHMjQSF
— Tom Folan, MD (@tomfolanmd) April 7, 2020
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Not a Good Look
Folan, in a number of posts afterward, identified that he isn’t casting doubt on Cuomo’s prognosis. And to be clear, no person right here is both.
But having Cuomo rant about how “scary” his comparatively regular x-ray is and having an on-air physician fail to refute that evaluation goes to open up the door to lots of people who doubt CNN’s each phrase.
Using his sickness to sensationalize his reporting has been a constant theme for Cuomo since his coronavirus prognosis. He lately went on an expletive-laced rant in opposition to the President for giving folks hope in the course of the pandemic.
“I’m not going to prepare the way I should because it reinforces the bulls***,” Cuomo mentioned, sharing a deceptively-edited video. “I’m telling you and I’m going to hope you’re okay with it.”
Never let a disaster go to waste, eh Chris? Even if it’s your individual.
For his half, Gupta was a great sport and poked just a little enjoyable at himself after a commenter requested that he not learn chest x-rays anymore.
Ha! Fair sufficient. Could solely see the picture on an iPhone method throughout the room. But, appeared like a traditional chest X-ray to me. Fear not: @ChrisCuomo had a radiologist learn it as properly. https://t.co/obZH4euElI
— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) April 7, 2020
Gupta claimed in 2018 that the President had coronary heart illness, one thing a number of cardiologists on the time mentioned was not correct.