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Can an X-ray differentiate between fluid on the lung and pneumonia?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
But a more sensitive test is a chest ct scan.

In brief: Yes
But a more sensitive test is a chest ct scan.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Chest xray is good for differentiating fluid from pneumonia; fluid may collect around the lung rather than in the lung (known as a pleural effusion).
Also pneumonia can be very dense and involve a complete lobe of the lung whereas fluild may be more patchy. Clinical history and exam of the patient also helps to make sure the diagnosis is accurate.

In brief: Yes
Chest xray is good for differentiating fluid from pneumonia; fluid may collect around the lung rather than in the lung (known as a pleural effusion).
Also pneumonia can be very dense and involve a complete lobe of the lung whereas fluild may be more patchy. Clinical history and exam of the patient also helps to make sure the diagnosis is accurate.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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