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Low-Dose CT for Suspected Appendicitis in Young Adults 

Low-Dose CT for Suspected Appendicitis in Young Adults
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Low-Dose CT for Suspected Appendicitis in Young Adults
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Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0026
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter, found in the abdominal and pelvic pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT) among young adults with suspected appendicitis. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. Low-dose CT was shown not to be inferior to standard-dose CT with respect to negative appendectomy rates among young adults presenting with suspected appendicitis. If used as the first-line imaging study in a common indication for CT, potential radiation-induced cancer risks can be reduced among this radiosensitive patient population. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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