A 79 year old man is sent in by his GP following a 48 hour history of cough with right sided pleuritic chest pain.
Describe and interpret this CXR
CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION
There is airspace shadowing and air bronchograms in the right upper lobe. The pleura look clear, heart size normal.
This is community acquired pneumonia.
Despite the radiological appearances the decision to admit should be made on clinical grounds.
Repeat imaging at 8-12 weeks of all cases of pneumonia is required to ensure resolution of the consolidation and that there are no underlying lesions obscured by the infection.