The Follow-Up of Patients with Abdominal Injuries

  • Grazia Loretta Buquicchio
  • Gavina Cuneo
  • Stefano Giannecchini
  • Riccardo Palliola
  • Margherita Trinci
  • Vittorio Miele
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Abstract

Nowadays, the growing tendency to treat patients with organ injury with nonoperative management, as well as attention to problems concerning limiting X-ray exposure for the patients, have led to the search for alternative methods for the follow-up of sick patients. Transportation of the critically bedridden patient to another department with nonnegligible risk of displacement of medical devices is another important concern in the management of polytrauma patients.

Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a technique that fully satisfies the foregoing concerns because it can be performed at the bedside, and there is no X-ray exposure for either patient or medical equipment. CEUS exceeds the limitations of nonenhanced ultrasonography in detecting parenchymal organ injury and can detect some of the positive prognostic factors such as parenchymal bleeding, changing the management of the patient.

Keywords

Trauma Trauma imaging Organ injury Ultrasound (US) Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Computed tomography (CT) Blunt abdominal trauma (BAT) Follow-up Radioprotection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grazia Loretta Buquicchio
    • 1
  • Gavina Cuneo
    • 1
  • Stefano Giannecchini
    • 1
  • Riccardo Palliola
    • 1
  • Margherita Trinci
    • 1
  • Vittorio Miele
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Emergency RadiologyS. Camillo HospitalRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyCareggi University HospitalFlorenceItaly

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