What is the role of CT scanning in the evaluation of suspected aspiration pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest is not required in the evaluation of all cases of suspected aspiration pneumonia. This imaging modality may be helpful in further characterizing pleural effusions and empyema and in detecting necrosis within infiltrates and cavitary lesions. CT scanning provides a better definition of the affected areas and is used to differentiate pulmonary abnormalities from pleural abnormalities.


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