Multi-Detector Row Spiral CT (MDCT) in Bowel Related non-Traumatic Abdominal Emergencies

Nicolae Bolog, Alexandru Popiel, Irinel Oancea, Angelica Mangrau, Mircea Beuran, Eugen Nicolau

Imaging Department, Emergency Hospital Floreasca, Bucharest

Abstract

The management of the patients with acute abdomen syndrome requires an accurate and rapid diagnostic. Spiral CT is the investigation of choice in these cases because it is rapid, cost-effective and provides a global perspective of abdominal structures. Also, helical CT offers the possibility to obtain thinner contiguous images and to perform coronal or sagittal reconstruction, as well as the possibility to make the acquisitions during the different vascular phases.

Key words

Abdominal emergencies - MDCT - diverticulitis - appendicitis - obstruction - intestinal ischemia – perforation