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X-Ray Pictures Reveal The Extent Of The Coronavirus on The Body

X-Ray Pictures Reveal The Extent Of The Coronavirus on The Body

The coronavirus has dominated the news, with cases being confirmed across the world since it began in China's Wuhan.

New pictures have come to light that reveal what the coronavirus does to vital organs like the lungs, even on healthy bodies. The X-Ray images show how the virus spreads in the lungs and can affect the respiratory system, making it difficult for the sufferer to breathe.

The white patches appear more pronounced in the second X-ray, labelled B, which was taken three days after the first. Credit: Junqiang Lei, Junfeng Li, Xun Li
The white patches appear more pronounced in the second X-ray, labelled B, which was taken three days after the first. Credit: Junqiang Lei, Junfeng Li, Xun Li

These images come from a hospital in China's Lanzou, when a 33-year-old woman was brought in with a temperature of 103 degrees fahrenheit after suffering with a 'coarse' cough for the past five days.

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She was believed to have the deadly coronavirus after her low white blood cell count indicated she was suffering with an infection, and X-Rays confirmed the virus was already in her lungs.

On the X-ray images white patches can be seen in the lower corners of the lungs, indicating what radiologists call 'ground glass opacity' - the partial filling of air spaces in the lungs. The white patches appear more pronounced in the second X-ray, labelled B, which was taken three days after the first and further into a course of treatment.

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A radiologist from the Thomas Jefferson University, who has examined the images has given his expertise on the scans. In an interview with Business Insider, Paras Lakhani said: "If you zoom in on the image, it kind of looks like faint glass that has been ground up.

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"What it represents is fluid in the lung spaces."

The woman has been treated at the hospital in Lanzou, by inhaling a protein used to treat viral infections called interferon.

Elsewhere in China, thousands of labourers have been working round the clock to complete a new building in Wuhan, which will be used in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus. More than 4,000 workers and 1,000 vehicles have been used to build the Huoshenshan Hospital which is in the city that is thought to be the virus' ground zero.

Topics: World News, News, coronavirus

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Niamh Spence is a freelance writer, covering lifestyle topics. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in Journalism in 2012 and has switched between PR and journalism ever since. Usually found with coffee and on twitter.