CT scanning in acute abdominal injuries

J. W. Meredith, Donald Trunkey

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Abstract

Computed tomography has become an important adjunct in the evaluation of the patient with blunt abdominal trauma. It provides quantitative information about hemoperitoneum as well as qualitative information about the source of hemoperitoneum. CT scanning also evaluates the retroperitoneal organs and retroperitoneal hematoma more accurately than any other available imaging technique. Like any other diagnostic tool, the CT scan must not be overused or abused. This technique should be applied only to stable patients and only in institutions with up-to-date equipment, a committed radiology and surgery staff, and appropriate monitoring equipment in the CT suite. If proper technique is used, then high-quality scans can be obtained which, if interpreted by experienced personnel in the light of the clinical findings, can improve our management of selected trauma patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-268
Number of pages14
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume68
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Abdominal Injuries
Hemoperitoneum
Equipment and Supplies
Wounds and Injuries
Radiology
Hematoma
Tomography

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  • Surgery

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CT scanning in acute abdominal injuries. / Meredith, J. W.; Trunkey, Donald.

In: Surgical Clinics of North America, Vol. 68, No. 2, 1988, p. 255-268.

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Meredith, J. W. ; Trunkey, Donald. / CT scanning in acute abdominal injuries. In: Surgical Clinics of North America. 1988 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 255-268.
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