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Defend your decision to CT CHEST for possible pneumonia!

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26168322/early-chest-computed-tomography-scan-to-assist-diagnosis-and-guide-treatment-decision-for-suspected-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Yann-Erick Claessens, Marie-Pierre Debray, Florence Tubach, Anne-Laure Brun, Blandine Rammaert, Pierre Hausfater, Jean-Marc Naccache, Patrick Ray, Christophe Choquet, Marie-France Carette, Charles Mayaud, Catherine Leport, Xavier Duval
RATIONALE: Clinical decision making relative to community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) diagnosis is difficult. Chest radiograph is key in establishing parenchymal lung involvement. However, radiologic performance may lead to misdiagnosis, rendering questionable the use of chest computed tomography (CT) scan in patients with clinically suspected CAP. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether early multidetector chest CT scan affects diagnosis and management of patients visiting the emergency department with suspected CAP...
October 15, 2015: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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