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When US? When CT? Fern Karlicki, MD. When US? When CT? After this talk, participants should: –Be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of US & CT.

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1 When US? When CT? Fern Karlicki, MD

2 When US? When CT? After this talk, participants should: –Be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of US & CT –Be familiar with how to use the ACR appropriateness criteria

3 US Strengths Multiplanar Real time No ionizing radiation Minimal bio-effects No IV contrast InexpensivePortable

4 US Weaknesses Operator dependent Limited by: –Gas - pancreas, lung, bowel –Bone – ribs –Obesity –Metal Need patient cooperation Less sensitivity and specificity

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6 CT Strengths Prettier pictures Better resolution Better sensitivity & specificity

7 CT Weaknesses Ionizing radiation Limited planes Contrast allergy, nephrotoxicity Ionizing radiation Expense IONIZING RADIATION

8 CT & Cancer / Leukemia 1:1000 cancer induction in children after single abdominal CT scan! Adults have same risk after 5-6 abdominal CT scans Younger women and children have highest risk

9 ACR Website For an excellent discussion of appropriateness of different imaging modalities in various clinical scenarios /ac /ac or or Google - acr appropriateness criteria Google - acr appropriateness criteria

10 ACR - AC RLQ pain Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

11 ACR – AC RLQ pain Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

12 ACR – AC RLQ pain Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

13 ACR – AC Hematuria Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

14 ACR – AC Hematuria Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

15 ACR – AC Hematuria Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

16 ACR Appropriateness Criteria Acute Onset Flank Pain Reprinted with permission of the American College of Radiology No other representation of this material is authorized without expressed, written permission from the American College of Radiology. Refer to the ACR website at for the most current and complete version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria..www.acr.org/ac

17 Last thought When US and CT have a similar appropriateness level, consider US first especially in children, young slim adults and in women of child-bearing age in order to minimize the risks of radiation in these patients.


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