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Radiological diagnoses - what does the CT scan show?

Author(s):

Peter Devitt
Chair
Panel of Examiners
Australian Medical Council

Overview:

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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