Chest radiography in tuberculosis detection

On 14th December, the WHO released a consolidated summary of WHO recommendations on the use chest radiography (CXR) in TB detection. Via this report, WHO underscores the importance of CXR an essential tool for the early detection of TB.

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Dec 20, 2016
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On 14th December, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a consolidated summary of WHO recommendations on the use chest radiography (CXR) in TB detection and guidance on programmatic approaches to use CXR within primary care services. WHO underscores the importance of CXR an essential tool for the early detection of TB, and therefore fundamental to achieve the targets set out in WHO’s End TB Strategy.

The report “Chest radiography in tuberculosis detection – Summary of current WHO recommendations and guidance on programmatic approaches” provides guidance in the following areas:

 Chest radiography as a triage tool.

 Chest radiography as a diagnostic aid.

 Chest radiography as a screening tool.

 Technical specification, quality assurance and safety.

 Strategic planning for use of CXR in national TB control.

The box below provides a helpful snapshot of the key WHO recommendations on CXR.

The WHO report has also summarized the key research questions, including the role of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) for CXR interpretation.
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Madhukar Pai

Director, McGill Global Health Programs

I am a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. I serve as the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre.

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