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Pediatric Radiology

, 38:675 | Cite as

Contemporary imaging in abdominal emergencies

  • Carlos J. SivitEmail author
ALARA: BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN RADIOLOGY AND EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Abstract

Imaging is often a fundamental part in the evaluation of an injured or ill child. A variety of imaging modalities (radiography, angiography/fluoroscopy, sonography, CT, magnetic resonance imaging and scintigraphy) are among the options. CT is worth focused attention because of its usefulness in a variety of emergency department settings, its increasing use, and its potential radiation risks. CT plays an important role in the evaluation of traumatic and nontraumatic abdominal emergencies in children. Therefore, the goal of this paper is to review current imaging approaches and controversies in the evaluation of common acute abdominal emergencies. Through discussion of various modalities, especially CT in evaluation of abdominal pain and trauma, the relative advantages and disadvantages including radiation risk will be reviewed.

Keywords

CT Abdominal trauma Acute abdomen Children 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Department of RadiologyRainbow Babies and Children’s HospitalClevelandUSA

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