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Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data.

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Adelhoefer, S; Henry, TS; Blankstein, R; Graham, G; Blaha, MJ; Dzaye, O
Published in: Clin Imaging
May 2021

OBJECTIVE: Current evidence suggests a decrease in elective diagnostic imaging procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic with potentially severe long-term consequences. The aim of this study was to quantify recent trends in public interest and related online search behavior for a range of imaging modalities, and "nowcast" future scenarios with respect to imaging use. METHODS: We used Google Trends, a publicly available database to access search query data in systematic and quantitative fashion, to search for key terms related to clinical imaging. We queried the search volume for multiple imaging modalities, identified the most common terms, extracted data for the United States over the time range from August 1, 2016 to August 1, 2020. Results were given in relative terms, using the Google metric 'search volume index'. RESULTS: We report a decrease in public interest across all imaging modalities since March 2020 with a subsequent slow increase starting in May 2020. Mean relative search volume (RSV) has changed by -19.4%, -38.3%, and -51.0% for the search terms "Computed tomography", "Magnetic resonance imaging", and "Mammography", respectively, and comparing the two months prior to and following March 1, 2020. RSV has since steadily recuperated reaching all-year highs. CONCLUSION: Decrease in public interest coupled with delays and deferrals of diagnostic imaging will likely result in a high demand for healthcare in the coming months. To respond to this challenge, measures such as risk-stratification algorithms must be developed to allocate resources and avoid the risk of overstraining the healthcare system.

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Clin Imaging

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1873-4499

Publication Date

May 2021

Volume

73

Start / End Page

20 / 22

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Search Engine
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Pandemics
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Humans
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • COVID-19
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Adelhoefer, S., Henry, T. S., Blankstein, R., Graham, G., Blaha, M. J., & Dzaye, O. (2021). Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data. Clin Imaging, 73, 20–22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.11.037
Adelhoefer, Siegfried, Travis S. Henry, Ron Blankstein, Garth Graham, Michael J. Blaha, and Omar Dzaye. “Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data.Clin Imaging 73 (May 2021): 20–22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.11.037.
Adelhoefer S, Henry TS, Blankstein R, Graham G, Blaha MJ, Dzaye O. Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data. Clin Imaging. 2021 May;73:20–2.
Adelhoefer, Siegfried, et al. “Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data.Clin Imaging, vol. 73, May 2021, pp. 20–22. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.11.037.
Adelhoefer S, Henry TS, Blankstein R, Graham G, Blaha MJ, Dzaye O. Declining interest in clinical imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic: An analysis of Google Trends data. Clin Imaging. 2021 May;73:20–22.
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Published In

Clin Imaging

DOI

EISSN

1873-4499

Publication Date

May 2021

Volume

73

Start / End Page

20 / 22

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Search Engine
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Pandemics
  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Humans
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • COVID-19
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences