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Radiological diagnoses - what does the CT scan show?


Peter Devitt
Panel of Examiners
Australian Medical Council


It is estimated that some 80 million CT scans are performed every year in the United States alone. How many are really necessary? Recent data suggests that some 40-50% of scan may be unnecessary and merely contribute to increased patient anxiety, a large number of incidental findings and further, costly, investigations. Here is a small collection of abdominal CTs - some were useful; others less so. The histories are genuine...

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