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A chest CT scan is not routinely done in patients with pneumonia, but is a diagnostic test that may be useful when a chest x-ray is not conclusive. CT findings may include lobar consolidation, ground-glass opacities, pleural effusion, lymphadenopathy, and tree-in-bud appereance.
- A chest CT could be useful when a chest x-ray has inconclusive signs of pneumonia but the clinical manifestation suggest pneumonia.
- CT findings in pneumonia include:
- A chest CT can also help to assess reasons for therapy failure and complications, such as lung abscess, and pleural effusions.
Comparison Between CT Findings in Viral and Bacterial Pneumonia
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|Adapted from American Journal of Roentgenology. 2011;197: 1088-1095|
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