When is CT scanning useful in the workup of suspected gallstones (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Gallstones are often found incidentally on CT. Findings on CT for acute cholecystitis are similar to those found on sonograms. Although not the initial study of choice in biliary colic, CT can be used in diagnostic challenges or to further characterize the complications of gallbladder disease. CT is particularly useful for the detection of intrahepatic stones or recurrent pyogenic cholangitis.

See Imaging of Cholelithiasis for complete information on this topic.


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