PMID: 10494277Sep 24, 1999Paper

Helical CT of appendicitis and diverticulitis

Radiologic Clinics of North America
P M RaoR A Novelline

Abstract

The clinical diagnosis of appendicitis and diverticulitis remains challenging. Clinical diagnosis alone can lead to unnecessary hospitalizations and surgeries, prolonged periods of hospital observation, and delays prior to necessary medical or surgical treatment. Helical CT combined with recently reported techniques for imaging appendicitis and diverticulitis offers rapid and accurate confirmation or exclusion of these entities as well as identification of alternative conditions that can clinically mimic them. More routine use of helical CT holds great promise for improving patient care and lowering hospital resource use in patients with clinically suspected appendicitis and diverticulitis.

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