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Do you need to get CT scan if you think you have uri?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

A URI or upper respiratory infection is medical shorthand for a common cold.
A ct scan is a very powerful (and expensive) tool for using x-rays to see 3-d images, but also exposes one to lots of radiation. A common cold is diagnosed by history and exam and does not need a ct scan to make the diagnosis. Ct can be helpful on rare occasions in the diagnosis of chronic sinus infections.

In brief: No

A URI or upper respiratory infection is medical shorthand for a common cold.
A ct scan is a very powerful (and expensive) tool for using x-rays to see 3-d images, but also exposes one to lots of radiation. A common cold is diagnosed by history and exam and does not need a ct scan to make the diagnosis. Ct can be helpful on rare occasions in the diagnosis of chronic sinus infections.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. David Rothfeld
Radiology

In brief: No

No, maybe a chest xray....

In brief: No

No, maybe a chest xray....
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