If you are showing symptoms of pneumonia, your doctor may tell you to get a chest x-ray to see if you in fact have the disease. You may be wondering what this means, how this will help, and/or where you should get an x-ray, so this article aims to answer some of the questions you may have. Specifically, we will discuss what pneumonia is and how a chest x-ray helps diagnose it. We will then discuss the best and most comfortable way to receive a chest x-ray.
What is Pneumonia?
According to the Mayo Clinic, pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in your lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and often accompanies other diseases you may have.
The severity of the disease can vary from person to person, but the most severe cases are usually found in people in the “at-risk” category: Those over the age of 65 or with weakened immune systems, as well as young children and infants.
Symptoms of the disease vary depending on its severity, with mild cases feeling similar to having a bad cold or flu. The following are examples of symptoms you may feel with pneumonia:
- Chest pain when you breathe or cough
- Wet cough
- Fever and chills
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
In addition to the symptoms above, adults over 65 may also experience confusion or changes in mental awareness, along with abnormally low body temperatures.
Why Get A Chest X-Ray For Pneumonia?
Because pneumonia is an infection that inflames your lungs, doctors must be able to see your lungs to accurately diagnose it. And the best way for a doctor to do this is with a chest x-ray. The x-ray shows all of a patient’s chest, so doctors can easily see the lungs to see if there is an infection.
The following is an example of what a chest x-ray for a pneumonia patient looks like:
Where To Get A Chest X-Ray:
While most people assume that the doctor’s office or hospital is the best place to get an x-ray, you can actually receive a chest x-ray at home and avoid the hassle of going to the doctor and the risk of exposing your already compromised immune system.
At-home care providers can coordinate chest x-rays from the comfort of your own home, and doing so is easy. See below how you can receive an at-home chest x-ray at your convenience.
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