Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Missed findings on CT Abdomen/Pelvis

emDocs - June 27, 2016 - Author: Thompson E - Edited by: Koyfman A and Long B
Computed Tomography. The donut of truth. If you are like me (even if you aren’t an intern), you probably dread the patient with non-specific abdominal pain. I certainly breathe a little easier sending a patient home with a negative CT abdomen/pelvis. However, the power of x-ray vision doesn’t allow us to turn off our brains. Certain pathologies may have only subtle
findings on CT, and others may lend themselves better to other imaging modalities, such as ultrasound. By being aware of these pathologies and how to identify them, we can better recognize patients at risk of a missed diagnosis.
  • Missed Injuries in Trauma
    • Bowel Rupture
    • Bladder Trauma
    • Diaphragmatic Injury
  • Non-traumatic Abdominal Pathology
    • Mesenteric Ischemia
    • Torsion
    • Cholelithiasis