After treatment of pneumonia will the chest xray improve?

If therapy correct. If treatment is appropriate for organism causing the pneumonia answer is yes. Usually patient improves by feeling better much sooner than radiography completely normalizes. Complete radiographic resolution can lag 6 -8 weeks behind clinical improvement. If no clinical improvement then patient usually reevaluated with imaging. The wrong or a resistant organism may be cause.
Yes, eventually. When pneumonia is treated effectively the chest x-ray gradually inproves. The speed of improvement varies from patient to patient. I have seen x-rays rapidly improve over a few days in some cases. I have seen the improvement be quite slow over several weeks in others.

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Chest X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia. Is this early stage of pneumonia. Thanks jimmy?

Family practice . Yes it could be early pneumonia. It doesn't tell us type of pneumonia. If you are symptomatic antibiotics are usually given. Viral pneumonia won't respond with antibiotics. You can get pretty sick either way. If you don't respond hospitalization is sometimes needed with i'v fluids , IV antibiotics, and supportive care. Read more...
Yes . This is an x-ray reading of pneumonia. It always has to match the pts symptoms, signs, and exam for a diagnosis to be reached. Read more...
The finding. Described as alveolar infiltrates can be due to early or mild or healing pneumonia. Blood or fluid in lungs can give this appearance also. Please have your doctor match the x-ray findings with your history and symptoms. May need ct scan of chest. Read more...

In addition to a chest X-ray and blood cultures, what tests can be done to confirm a diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia?

Sputum culture. Of course. The key is the history and physical exam, as usual. I see you have never been a smoker -- have you been checkd for antitrypsin deficiency? I wish you courage in this difficult time and am glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health. Read more...
No such thing. No idea what you are meaning by "hypostatic" pneumonia - that is not a real term. Read more...

Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

The chest xray. itself cannot diagnose pneumonia, because there are a variety of things that can look like pneumonia on an xray. The xray findings must be interpreted in the context of the clinical and laboratory findings in order to arrive at a diagnosis. The xray findings can therefore support the diagnosis, but are not sufficient to establish the diagnosis. Read more...
Sometimes. If have symptoms compatible with pneumonia, chest xray can demonstrate consolidation consistent with pneumonia. Some pneumonias are bacterial, fungal, and viral. Often have different radiographic patterns. Clinical exam by physician and certain blood tests are other ways of confirming pneumonia. Read more...

Had pneumonia 3 months ago chest X-ray is now clear but have awful chest pain does chest X-ray so parmanant damage to lung could that cause it?

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 turns out to be a heart problem, a collapsed lung, a pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung, bad heartburn, costochondritis (inflammation of the rib joints), etc..., he will still be in the right place at the emergency room. One chest x-ray isn't harmful. Read more...

Had a chest X-ray and was told I have pneumonia. On meds but how long until the fever and body ache goes away? It's really bad!

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 strength or weakness of your own immune response is also a factor. Read more...