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QUESTION: Which plain films are most useful?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

ANSWER: Traditional teaching holds that plain abdominal films should include a supine view plus either an upright view or a left lateral decubitns view (if unable to stand) or all three. The supine view of the abdomen is the most informative and worthwhile abdominal film. The upright film is superior for visualizing air-fluid levels associated […]

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QUESTION: Are radiographs always indicated?

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

ANSWER:  No. Plain films of the abdomen have the highest yield when used in the evaluation of patients with suspected bowel obstruction, intussusception, ileus, free air, intraabdominal mass, renal calculi, gallbladder disease, aortic aneurysm, past history of abdominal surgery or tumor, or severe generalized abdominal pain and tenderness. Conversely, among patients with uncomplicated peptic ulcer […]

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