“We don’t take risks”: at the Gustave Roussy anti-cancer center, a scanner tests all patients for coronavirus before surgery

“We don’t take risks”: at the Gustave Roussy anti-cancer center, a scanner tests all patients for coronavirus before surgery

It is a state-of-the-art scanner which makes it possible to ensure that patients do not have the coronavirus, financed by the foundation of France-Hôpitaux de France. A scanner which, for lack of space, was installed in a corner of the parking lot of the Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne), in a specially fitted out prefab. All people who have to undergo a major operation are tested there, 24 hours before the intervention.

The patients follow one another. They have just passed a classic PCR test with the taking of a cotton swab in the nose, but the hospital prefers to double with a scanner of the lungs, explains doctor Corinne Balleyguier, head of the imaging department: “The sensitivity of the PCR test is around 70%, and the scanner is over 90%.

Louise must be operated on the next morning. “It’s good to know that we are tested to avoid contaminating other patients, because it is a hospital where there are a lot of fragile people. So, it is true that it is better to systematically test anyone who comes here”, believes the patient.

His scanner image was analyzed a few minutes later by Doctor Marie Gavrel. “We don’t see any signs of infection. The lung appears black to us on the CT scan and we do not see any lesions that would indicate infection, clearness within the lung. Green light for Louise’s operation.

Protecting the hospital, reassuring patients on the eve of the intervention, the aim is also to avoid risking complications. “For this type of surgery, there may be difficulties of the pulmonary embolism type and therefore difficulties in resuscitation and more significant postoperative complications.says Doctor Corinne Balleyguier. We are not taking any risks.”

To avoid any risk, therefore, the operation can then be postponed, except of course if the patient with coronavirus requires urgent life-saving surgery due to his cancer. The teams then operate with many precautions.

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