The utility of unenhanced computed tomography in appendicitis in children.

@article{Hoecker2005TheUO,
  title={The utility of unenhanced computed tomography in appendicitis in children.},
  author={Cynthia C Hoecker and Glenn F Billman},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={28 4},
  pages={415-21}
}
To evaluate the utility of unenhanced helical computed tomography (UHCT) in appendicitis in children, we performed a retrospective study of 112 consecutive patients. The radiologist's interpretation of the UHCT was compared with disease status using appendix pathology findings as the gold standard for diagnosis. The performance characteristics of UHCT were as follows: sensitivity 87.5% (95% CI: 75.8-94.8%), specificity 93.7% (95% CI: 85.4%-98.0%), positive predictive value 91.3% (95% CI: 83.2… CONTINUE READING