Physicians miss some pneumonia cases without X-ray, study says

01/29/2013 | Reuters

Physicians who did not use an X-ray correctly diagnosed only 29% of patients with pneumonia, Dutch researchers reported in the European Respiratory Journal. One expert commented that differences may exist between how doctors in Europe and the U.S. diagnose pneumonia. Tufts Medical Center staff physician Joseph Rencic said that many of the cases probably were benign and that giving every patient an X-ray for a pneumonia diagnosis would be an "overwhelming cost to society."

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