Chest X-rays performed on young and middle-aged adults with Covid-19 can help predict which patients are at higher risk of severe illness and intubation, according to Mount Sinai researchers.

The study, published in Radiology, used a unique scoring system to evaluate the severity of individual Covid-19 cases based on X-ray images. The results could help clinicians triage patients more effectively.

Mount Sinai assistant professor Adam Bernheim said: “This work is foundational for demonstrating the role of radiology not only in diagnosis, but also in predicting, triaging, and risk-stratifying COVID-19 patients so that those at highest risk for severe disease can be immediately identified from the moment of the very first chest X-ray upon presentation.”