To understand the limitations of imaging in the diagnosis of pulmonary infections to appreciate the importance of additional clinical information in the diagnosis of respiratory infections respiratory infections are the commonest illnesses occurring in humans and pneumonia is the leading cause of death due to infectious disease. Pulmonary infections have various etiologies and have variegated patterns on radiographs and computed tomography ct imaging plays an important role in the initial diagnosis and follow up of various lung infections radiographs can be normal or non specific during the initial evaluation and ct findings may be more definitive. Imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis of pulmonary infections with the chest radiograph as the initial study of choice computed tomography can further delineate the extent of disease and present key imaging signs that along with clinical history and laboratory data can properly guide the differential diagnosis. Pulmonary infections have various etiologies and have variegated patterns on radiographs and computed tomography ct imaging plays an important role in the initial diagnosis and follow up of. Imaging of pulmonary infection the spectrum of organisms known to cause respiratory infections is broad and constantly increasing as new pathogens are identified and an increasing number of patients have impaired immunity due to disease or medications the radiographic manifestations of a given organism may be variable depending
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