For the elderly infirm, getting to the practice and then on to pathology/radiology can be a real expedition for the patient and the family. GP’s are perfectly poised to be doing this for the select patient.
Was the SOB COPD or CCF? a quick look with the US confirmed the clinical suspicions with oedema in Zones 2 left, Blines (lung rockets)
and Zone 3 left:
Similar picture on the right, so fitting more with a picture of mild interstitial oedema than COPD and ACEI/Beta Blocker directed therapies.
(patient consent for image and photograph use was obtained)