Abdominal Imaging - Pictorial Essay
Utility of multidetector CT in an emergency setting in acute mesenteric ischemia
Molecular Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Diagn Interv Radiol 2009; 15: 256-261
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Key Words: computed tomography • abdominal pain • mesenteric vascular occlusion
Prompt diagnosis of acute mesenteric ischemia is a dilemma which is unfortunately generally made at the irreversible phase of intestinal damage. Besides conventional diagnostic imaging modalities contrast enhanced multidetector computed tomography angiography enables fast and detailed evaluation of the mesenteric circulation and abdominal viscera which provides accurate and rapid diagnosis in the emergency room.