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What does a chest xray show for pneumonia

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 27 years experience
Yes: You could have a small or minor pneumonia or one in a hard place to see on chest x-ray but in general, if the x-ray is clear, you probably don't have ... Read More
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: Early phase pneumonia with fever and chills may have normal chest xray and consolidate 24-48 hours later,Consolidation can lag behind clinical sympto... Read More

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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sunil Mehra
Pulmonology 45 years experience
Not really: pneumonia should show immediately, Earlier some felt it may take time to show in pts with dehydration or neutropenia ie white blood cells decreased
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Sometimes: Pneumonia on radiograph can lag few days behind clinical symptoms. Going the other way, patient starts feeling better long before changes resolve on r... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 37 years experience
Mgt: A virtual consult can be booked online, so that the imaging may be viewed. From your description, this type of residual scarring should not result in... Read More
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
That is: not an unexpected finding following pneumonia, and probably not clinically significant assuming your symptoms have resolved. Talk to your doc about t... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. E. Regina Widman
Family Medicine 47 years experience
CXR will confirm dx: Health Care provider will order a chest xray (CXR) if they want to confirm or rule out Pneumonia. Cold viruses can cause symptoms that seem like pneu... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Heart attack pain?: A person with chest pain must see the doctor to find out why. He should consider going to the E.R. If he cannot reach his doctor immediately. If it tu... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 37 years experience
Symptoms?: If you are having symptoms, additional pulmonary testing and imaging may provide a diagnosis.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
A Verified Doctoranswered
35 years experience
Pneumonia: Usually fever from pneumonia will go away within 3-4 days of starting appropriate antibiotics but like many things pneumonias vary in severity and the... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Maybe: It warrants an evaluation by a physician as these symptoms are consistent with pneumonia but not specific to it. Whether a chest xray is needed depend... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Widman
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Lung: Walking pneumonia is often not seen on xray and is usually diagnosed by hostory and exam. It is caused by atypical bacteria but is easily treated.
A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Schwartz
Radiation Oncology 26 years experience
Your : Your concerns about minimalizing radition exposure are valid; however, if you physician thinks you need a chest x-ray then you have to weigh the risks... Read More