While the flu can be unpleasant, it is usually not serious. Most people recover within a week or two without any complications. However, some people are at risk of severe complications like pneumonia. This includes pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions.
If you think you have the flu, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Antiviral medications can help to shorten the duration of the illness and reduce the risk of complications.
What Imaging Tests Are Needed With the Flu?
The influenza virus typically just needs to run its course. However, the flu virus can sometimes cause complications, like bacterial infections in the lungs. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and pleurisy are several complications that can develop after getting diagnosed with the flu.
Diagnosing pneumonia and other lung illnesses can be difficult. Imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can help to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays are the most commonly used imaging test for pneumonia, as they can show lung changes characteristic of the disease. CT scans and MRIs may also be used if x-rays are inconclusive or if the patient has a history of lung conditions.
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for preventing complications from pneumonia and other serious lung conditions.
Contact ImageCare Radiology
If your doctor schedules an imaging test to rule out pneumonia or lung disease, call ImageCare Centers immediately. We offer state-of-the-art imaging at a fraction of the cost of hospitals and urgent care clinics. Contact us today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment or complete our convenient online appointment request form.