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Radiographic Surveillance in Children: A System for Monitoring Epidemics Associated with Prominent Respiratory Symptoms


Yearly epidemics of respiratory diseases occur in children. Early recognition of these and of unexpected epidemics due to new agents or as acts of biological/chemical terrorism is desirable. In this study, we evaluate the ordering of chest radiographs as a proxy for early identification of epidemics of lower respiratory tract disease. This has the potential to act as a sensitive real-time surveillance tool during such outbreaks.


Create a tool for monitoring respiratory epidemics based on chest radiograph ordering patterns.

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