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This CT Scan report does not represent the lungs of a COVID-19 vaccinated person

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An image is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of CT scan reports that show the lungs of a person who is vaccinated and a normal COVID-19 positive patient who did not take the vaccine. The image on the left with clear lungs is claimed to be the CT scan report of a vaccinated person. By sharing this image, this post recommends people get vaccinated as early as possible. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: CT Scan reports representing the lungs of a COVID-19 vaccinated person and others.

Fact: This CT scan reports comparison image is related to a research study that aims to detect the extent of COVID-19 infection using the CT scans.  Researchers and Radiologists from Vancouver General Hospital, the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute published this research study in April 2020. This image is not related to the COVID-19 vaccination. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of the photo shared in the post, a similar photo comparison of two CT scan reports is found in an article published in April 2020. In April 2020, vaccination for the COVID-19 virus was not available. According to the article, this CT scan reports comparison image is related to a research study that aims to detect the extent of COVID-19 infection using CT scans. Researchers and Radiologists from Vancouver General Hospital, the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute conducted this research study to predict the COVID-19 virus using CT scans.

When we searched for more details of this research on ‘The University of British Columbia’ website, a similar CT scan reports comparison image was found to be published in the research study on detecting the COVID-19 virus using CT scans. 

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute also published the same image on their website while explaining their research study on diagnosing the COVID-19 virus using CT scans.

While the post is being shared with an intent to encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19, which is the need of the hour, the image does not represent the lungs of a COVID-19 vaccinated person. There is also a chance that COVID-19 infected persons may feel anxious looking at these images.

To sum it up, these CT scan reports are related to a research study on detecting the COVID-19 virus using CT scans, not related to the vaccination.

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