Are CT scans beneficial in the diagnosis of appendicitis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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In adults with appendicitis, the diagnostic performance of CT scans with intravenous contrast alone is comparable to that of scans with both intravenous and oral contrast, and patients who receive CT scans with intravenous contrast alone are discharged more quickly from the emergency department. [42]


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