Cutting-edge scanning technique shows ‘hidden’ damage to lungs - a possible cause of 'long Covid'

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Covid-19 has been seen to cause lung damage in some patients, even post-infection.
Covid-19 has been seen to cause lung damage in some patients, even post-infection.
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The evidence of the effects of Covid-19 on the body is clear and lung damage is one of them. In fact, the disease could be causing lung abnormalities that persist several months post infection.

Standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerised tomography (CT) scans have been unable to pick up details of the damage

But, thanks to a novel scanning technique that uses a hyperpolarised gas (xenon) during MRI scans to create images of lung damage, spotting long-term damage in Covid-19 patients could become easier.

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