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MDCT and MR Imaging of Acute Abdomen

New Technologies and Emerging Issues

  • Michael Patlas
  • Douglas S. Katz
  • Mariano Scaglione


  • Discusses in depth the role of advanced imaging modalities in imaging of the acute abdomen and pelvis

  • Addresses current controversies regarding the use of each modality in the emergency setting

  • Identifies the potential pitfalls associated with each modality

  • Describes practical imaging protocols and their applications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ania Z. Kielar, Cynthia B. Walsh, Matthew D. F. McInnes
    Pages 1-10
  3. Samad Shah, Faisal Khosa, Savvas Nicolaou
    Pages 11-21
  4. HeiShun Yu, David D. B. Bates, Dushyant V. Sahani
    Pages 23-41
  5. Marina C. Bernal Fernandez, Jorge A. Soto, Christina A. LeBedis
    Pages 43-76
  6. Dan Van Roekel, Stephan Anderson, Trevor Morrison
    Pages 77-97
  7. Daniel C. Oppenheimer, Constantine A. Raptis, Vincent M. Mellnick
    Pages 99-122
  8. Victoria Chernyak
    Pages 123-135
  9. Daniel Barkmeier, Suzanne Chong
    Pages 137-149
  10. Anna Maria Ierardi, Francesca Iacobellis, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Filippo Pesapane, Refky Nicola, Mariano Scaglione
    Pages 151-177
  11. Gabriele Masselli, Martina Derme, Gianfranco Gualdi
    Pages 179-192
  12. Joseph W. Owen, Christine O. Menias
    Pages 193-216
  13. Luigia Romano, Carlo Liguori, Ciro Acampora, Nicola Gagliardi, Antonio Pinto, Sonia Fulciniti et al.
    Pages 217-227
  14. Grazia Loretta Buquicchio, Margherita Trinci, Riccardo Ferrari, Stefania Ianniello, Michele Galluzzo, Vittorio Miele
    Pages 229-247

About this book


This superbly illustrated book describes a comprehensive and modern approach to the imaging of abdominal and pelvic emergencies of traumatic and non-traumatic origin. The aim is to equip the reader with a full understanding of the roles of advanced cross-sectional imaging modalities, including dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To this end, recent literature on the subject is reviewed, and current controversies in acute abdominal and pelvic imaging are discussed. Potential imaging and related pitfalls are highlighted and up-to-date information provided on differential diagnosis. The first two chapters explain an evidence-based approach to the evaluation of patients and present dose reduction strategies for multidetector CT imaging (MDCT).  The remaining chapters describe specific applications of MDCT, DECT, and MRI for the imaging of both common and less common acute abdominal and pelvic conditions, including disorders in the pediatric population and pregnant patients. The book will be of value to emergency and abdominal radiologists, general radiologists, emergency department physicians and related personnel, general and trauma surgeons, and trainees in all these specialties.


MDCT DECT MRI Volumetric Analysis Trauma Acute Abdomen CT Dose Acute Appendicitis Acute Hemorrhage Gynecologic Emergencies Pelvic Emergencies

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Patlas
    • 1
  • Douglas S. Katz
    • 2
  • Mariano Scaglione
    • 3
  1. 1.Hamilton General Hospital, Department of RadiologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyWinthrop-University HospitalMineolaUSA
  3. 3.Department of ImagingPineta Grande Medical CenterCastel VolturnoItaly

About the editors


Michael N. Patlas, MD, FRCPC, FSAR, is Professor of Radiology and Emergency/Trauma Division Chief at the McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. His main research interests include imaging of traumatic and non-traumatic abdominal emergencies. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Patlas is a Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Radiologists. He is an editorial board member of Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology and Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science, and a reviewer for nine journals. He has received multiple accolades for his research and clinical activities, including a Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Hamilton Health Sciences Medical Staff Association President's Award for Distinguished Service, McMaster University Academic Radiologist of the Year, and eleven awards from the RSNA. He is an Honoured Fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Douglas S. Katz, Douglas S. Katz, MD, FACR, FASER, FSAR (Fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Emergency Radiology, and the Society of Abdominal Radiology), has been the Director of Body Imaging and Vice Chair for Clinical Research and Education at Winthrop-University Hospital (now NYU Winthrop Hospital, as of 2017), Mineola, Long Island, New York, U.S.A., since 1999. He has also been Professor of Radiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine since 2003. He has co-authored more than 800 publications (H index: 40; 6300+ citations) and abstracts, as well as two books, multiple book chapters, and several syllabi. He has been attending of the year five times at his institution (three times in radiology, most recently in 2010, and twice in internal medicine) and is Past President of the Long Island Radiological Society. More recently, he has received top awards from his institution and medical school, including alumnus of the year in 2012 (Stony Brook), top academic honors from Winthrop in 2014, and the top teaching award from Stony Brook in 2017. He has been an RSNA Honored Educator twice. He has numerous editorial and organizational roles, including at the RSNA, the ARRS, the ACR, and the American Society of Emergency Radiology.

Mariano Scaglione, MD, is Head of the Radiology Department at Pineta Grande Hospital, the largest private teaching Emergency and Trauma regional facility in the south of Italy. He is also Consultant at Sunderland Royal Hospital, NHS Foundation, UK. He has published over 120 manuscripts (H index: 20, 1497 citations, Scopus), 40 book chapters, and nine textbooks in the field of Emergency Radiology. He is a national and international lecturer and has presented more than 400 talks. Dr. Scaglione has been President of the Italian College of Emergency Radiology SIRM (2010-2014) and is currently President of the European Society of Emergency Radiology. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title MDCT and MR Imaging of Acute Abdomen
  • Book Subtitle New Technologies and Emerging Issues
  • Editors Michael Patlas
    Douglas S. Katz
    Mariano Scaglione
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-70777-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09991-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-70778-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 142 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Diagnostic Radiology
    Emergency Medicine
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“This book could be purchased either by an individual radiologist for their personal library or by a radiology department for general reference, particularly if it was kept in the acute reporting room.” (Mark Wills, RAD Magazine, July, 2019)

“The book reviews MR and Dual energy CT of disorders causing an acute abdomen. … The authors center their discussion on new advances in the imaging of the acute abdomen using MR and dual source CT technology. The book is organized using an organ system approach. … this is a well-written book that highlights cross-sectional imaging of the acute abdomen. It is a worthwhile read for imaging knowledge.” (Tara M. Catanzano, Doody's Book Reviews, July, 2018)