Ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have given the clinician new and valuable tools that can assist with timely and noninvasive diagnosis of a variety of abdominal emergencies in pediatrics. Plain films, though less sensitive or specific, still have a role in emergency imaging and remain the most widely available modality in many emergency departments. This article will provide the emergency physician with the strengths and weaknesses of various imaging techniques. Imaging choices are suggested that may provide the most useful clinical information when the physician must sort out signs and symptoms that could be related to a potential abdominal emergency.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Emergency Medicine