Pediatric Abdominal Radiographs: Common and Less Common Errors.
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug;209(2):417-429. doi: 10.2214/AJR.17.17889. Epub 2017 Jun 7. Menashe SJ1, Iyer RS1, Parisi MT1, Otto RK1, Weinberger E1, Stanescu AL1.
OBJECTIVE: Interpretation of abdominal radiographs of children benefits from a firm knowledge of the congenital anomalies and pathologies unique to this patient population, leveraged by a systematic approach. Interpretive errors place the patients and their families at risk for a delay in diagnosis, unnecessary additional imaging, a potential increase in the radiation burden, and possible psychologic trauma.
CONCLUSION: In this article, we describe the common and uncommon potential pitfalls in pediatric abdominal radiography, using several of our own interpretive errors as a framework while providing teaching points to help avoid these mistakes.