In April, when India was clocking over three lakh Covid-19 cases a day, Bengaluru based startup 5C Network launched a platform called ask5c.com. The platform would allow anyone with mild symptoms to upload a link to their CT scan report and get a second opinion from a network of radiologists in a few hours.
Chest CT (computed tomography) scans have emerged as an important tool in the diagnosis and management of Covid-19 pneumonia. However, doctors have cautioned people against rushing for CT scans as it exposes them to unnecessary radiation.
For 5C, which helps hospitals and diagnostic centers get immediate access to radiologists, the pandemic opened up new channels for growth. The company says it has seen a 3.5X spike in the number of scans per month since March 2020.