What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of pharyngitis (sore throat)?

Updated: May 06, 2020
  • Author: John R Acerra, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Imaging studies generally are not indicated for uncomplicated viral or streptococcal pharyngitis. However, the following may be considered:

  • Lateral neck film in patients with suspected epiglottitis or airway compromise

  • Soft-tissue neck CT if concern for abscess or deep-space infection exists

A throat swab may also be done.

See Workup for more detail.

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