Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain with Computed Tomography
Emergency physicians frequently utilize computed tomography (CT) to evaluate patients with abdominal pain. Acute causes of abdominal pain may be difficult to diagnose based on history and physical exam alone, and CT imaging is the modality of choice for most etiologies. When ordering a CT, physicians must decide whether to utilize intravenous or oral contrast. It is important to understand the benefits of a contrast-enhanced CT and weigh this against the risks of the contrast medium.
KeywordsComputed tomography Contrast reaction Intravenous contrast Contrast-induced nephropathy Oral contrast
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