Diagnostic imaging in blunt trauma of the abdomen.

  title={Diagnostic imaging in blunt trauma of the abdomen.},
  author={Thomas Kenny Jones and John W Walsh and Kimball I. Maull},
  journal={Surgery, gynecology & obstetrics},
  volume={157 4},
Diagnostic imaging is a useful adjunct in evaluating the stable patient with blunt trauma to the abdomen who is not in need of emergent celiotomy. Plain and contrast roentgenography, sonography, scintigraphy, CT and angiography have unique applications in identifying injuries caused by blunt forces. Roentgenograms of the cervical spine, upright chest and pelvis with intravenous pyelography are indicated early to identify injuries that may jeopardize the patient's outcome. Upper gastrointestinal… CONTINUE READING