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CT (Computed Tomography scans urged for appendicitis in children

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Focused appendiceal helical CT (FACT-CC) with a colon contrast agent should be used routinely to diagnose cases of suspected appendicitis in children, says a US radiologist. In a study of 199 children the technique was found to be 96% accurate in the diagnosis of appendicitis, much better than either standard abdominal X-rays or ultrasound, Mark Mullins of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, revealed at the American Roentgen Ray Society's annual meeting in Washington DC earlier this month.

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