Discrepancy in Practices Related to the Use of Oral Contrast in Abdominal CT Scan.
Acad Radiol. 2019 Jul;26(7):e187. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2019.02.019. Epub 2019 Apr 13.
Khan S, Awais M, Ahmed A.
In the article entitled “CT for Acute Nontraumatic Abdominal Pain-Is Oral Contrast Really Required?”, published in the journal of academic radiology in July, 2017 volume 24 issue 7 the authors discussed a very important issue regarding role of oral contrast for highlighting abdominal pathology in patients presenting with nontraumatic abdominal pain in emergency setting (1). Currently no consensus guidelines exist on this issue. Kammerer et al. concluded that positive oral contrast improves diagnostic accuracy and reader reliability (2). According to the authors, the use of oral contrast is noncontributory while interpreting CT images and does not add to the radiological decision making. In addition, it also increases the turnaround time by lengthening the emergency department stay and unnecessary delays in clinical decision and patient's management.
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