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Can doctors usually tell if a person has bacterial bronchitis without an x-ray?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bronchitis - no xray

Bronchitis is easily diagnosed by listening to the chest.
One does not need x-ray to diagnose or confirm it. Nowadays, even simple pneumonias do not need x-rays for diagnosis.

In brief: Bronchitis - no xray

Bronchitis is easily diagnosed by listening to the chest.
One does not need x-ray to diagnose or confirm it. Nowadays, even simple pneumonias do not need x-rays for diagnosis.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes...

This diagnosis is made on clinical grounds: your symptoms and physical exam. Blood work can sometimes be helpful.
A chest x-ray can be done to determine whether or not you have pneumonia but it does not diagnose acute bronchitis.

In brief: Yes...

This diagnosis is made on clinical grounds: your symptoms and physical exam. Blood work can sometimes be helpful.
A chest x-ray can be done to determine whether or not you have pneumonia but it does not diagnose acute bronchitis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. William Nyman
Radiology

In brief: Yes

Bronchitis is not often detectable on a chest x-ray.
This test is performed to rule out an associated pneumonia or other underlying lung issues which may have similar presentations bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms, physical findings and lab tests.

In brief: Yes

Bronchitis is not often detectable on a chest x-ray.
This test is performed to rule out an associated pneumonia or other underlying lung issues which may have similar presentations bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms, physical findings and lab tests.
Dr. William Nyman
Dr. William Nyman
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