Emergency Radiology - Technical Note

Container CT scanner: a solution for modular emergency radiology department during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Zixing Huang
  • Shuang Zhao
  • Qi Leng
  • Shaoping Hu
  • Zhenlin Li
  • Bin Song

Received Date: 02.09.2020 Accepted Date: 28.12.2020 Diagn Interv Radiol 2021;27(3):350-353

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic period, container computed tomography (CT) scanners were developed and used for the first time in China to perform CT examinations for patients with clinically mild to moderate COVID-19 who did not need to be hospitalized for comprehensive treatment, but needed to be isolated in Fangcang shelter hospitals (also known as makeshift hospitals) to receive some supportive treatment. The container CT is a multidetector CT scanner installed within a radiation-protected stand-alone container (a detachable lead shielding room) that is deployed outside the makeshift hospital buildings. The container CT approach provided various medical institutions with the solution not only for rapid CT installation and high adaptability to site environments, but also for significantly minimizing the risk of cross-infection between radiological personnel and patients during CT examination in the pandemic. In this article, we described the typical setup of a container CT and how it worked for chest CT examinations in Wuhan city, the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak.