In this small single-center retrospective analysis of patients with a diagnosis of pneumonia, of those who had both CT and Cxray performed, 27% had a negative (or non-diagnostic) Cxray, and a CT consistent with pneumonia (infiltrate / consolidation). This indicates that in patients with clinical signs / symptoms of pneumonia and a normal / non-diagnostic Cxray, CT is warranted (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.