CT of the abdomen and pelvis in trauma

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Authors: Mikael Häggström; Authors of integrated article from Radiology Assistant[1] [notes 1]
CT of the abdomen and pelvis in trauma:


Choice of modality

According to US guidelines:[2]


  • Blunt trauma: Both initially and for follow up when patients are treated non-operatively. Also to clear patients before being dismissed from the ER to rule out significant injury, as an alternative to observation.[1]
  • Penetrating trauma. However, the indication for initial surgical exploration is higher than for blunt trauma.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stephen Ledbetter and Robin Smithuis. Acute Abdomen - Role of CT in Trauma. Radiology Assistant.. Published August 2, 2007. Used with permission
  2. . Blunt Abdominal Trauma, ACR Appropriateness Criteria. American College of Radiology. Last review date: 2012