Chest x-ray in pneumonia
In 2011 the British Thoracic Society published an update to their guideline on the management of community acquired pneumonia in children. This concluded that a chest x-ray should not be considered a routine investigation and that children with clinical findings suggestive of pneumonia, who are well enough to be managed as an outpatient, did not require imaging.
This practice has since been adopted across Australia and is replicated in our local guidelines.
Key take home points:
Dr. Danielle Scarfe
Dr Danielle Scarfe