What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The role of computed tomography (CT) scanning in the diagnosis of pneumonia is not yet well defined. For inpatients, CT scanning may identify pulmonary infections earlier than plain radiography. [54] In most cases, CT scans can be helpful in the analysis of more complex lung findings and the evaluation of other intrathoracic structures. In situations in which chest radiographs are equivocal, high-resolution CT scanning of the lungs may aid in the diagnosis.


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