The sensitivity and role of ultrasound in the evaluation of biliary obstruction.

@article{Blackbourne1994TheSA,
  title={The sensitivity and role of ultrasound in the evaluation of biliary obstruction.},
  author={Lorne H. Blackbourne and Richard C Earnhardt and Chris L. Sistrom and Patricia L. Abbitt and Ronald S Jones},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={1994},
  volume={60 9},
  pages={683-90}
}
Ultrasound is widely advocated as the initial noninvasive imaging study in evaluating suspected biliary obstruction. Some have suggested using ultrasound as the sole diagnostic test before exploratory laparotomy. To evaluate the accuracy of ultrasound in determining the level and etiology of biliary obstruction in patients with biliary dilatation, and to define its role in the evaluation of these patients, we performed a retrospective review of all patients from August 1986 to August 1991 who… CONTINUE READING