(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- CT Scan Improves Accurate, Timely Diagnosis for Abdominal Issues in ED
By Deborah Abrams Kaplan
If a CT scan could speed up an accurate diagnosis, increase the doctor’s confidence in that diagnosis and treatment, and decrease the number of patients kept for observation or hospital admission, wouldn’t that scan be valuable?
That’s a logical conclusion from a study just published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. The study looked at 584 patients who underwent CT scans after presenting to Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain but no trauma. Doctors ordering the CTs completed questionnaires before and after receiving results.
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