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Appendicitis Can Be Diagnosed With Low-dose CT Scans: Study

CT scans expose patients to radiation, even as they help doctors spot serious health problems. Now, a new study finds low-dose scans can spot appendicitis readily while reducing patients' radiation exposure, HealthDay News reported.


Photo Insert: The findings show that low-dose and standard-dose CT scans are equally accurate in identifying appendicitis and can distinguish serious cases requiring surgery from those that can be treated with antibiotics alone.



"The results of this study suggest that the diagnostic CT scan radiation dose can be significantly decreased without impairing diagnostic accuracy," said lead study author Paulina Salminen, a professor of surgery at the University of Turku in Finland, United Press International (UPI) also reported.


The research included 989 patients admitted to the emergency department at Turku University Hospital with suspected acute appendicitis. Low-dose CT scans were conducted on 53% of the patients and 47% received standard-dose CT scans.




The overall accuracy in identifying patients with and without acute appendicitis was 98% with low-dose CT and 98.5% with standard-dose CT. The accuracy for differentiating between uncomplicated and complicated acute appendicitis was 90.3% with low-dose CT and 87.6% with standard-dose CT, the researchers said.


The findings show that low-dose and standard-dose CT scans are equally accurate in identifying appendicitis and in distinguishing between serious cases requiring surgery and those that can be treated with antibiotics alone, according to the authors of the study published in the British Journal of Surgery.


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"These findings will hopefully encourage physicians to implement low-dose CT modalities at emergency departments for acute appendicitis imaging to avoid unnecessary radiation in this very large patient population," Salminen said.



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