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Imaging characteristics of common acute abdominal conditions

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Dr Vaishali S Gada MBBS, MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCR, Dr Rakesh R Misra MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCS (Eng.), FRCR.
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 1, p.68 (123Doc Education, London, January 2014)


Acute abdominal pain accounts for 5-10% of visits to the emergency department, and imaging plays an important role in the management of these patients, especially as clinical evaluation results can be inaccurate. CT can provide accurate and reproducible diagnosis. Imaging has been shown to have a positive effect on the accuracy of the clinical diagnosis (1,2) to lead to changes in management decisions (3,4) and to increase the level of diagnostic certainty in patients with acute abdominal pains (5,6).​
It is with this in mind that we would like to illustrate the important imaging characteristics, on CT, of common acute abdominal conditions presenting to the Emergency Department.​

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Dr Vaishali S Gada MBBS, MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCR

Consultant Radiologist
Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Rakesh R Misra MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCS (Eng.), FRCR.

Consultant Radiologist
Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust


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