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Nearly one-fifth of
trauma patients who undergo CT evaluation have incidental findings, according to
a study performed by Columbus Radiology Corp. at Grant Medical
Center in Columbus, OH.
during trauma evaluation are a growing concern for physicians in regards to the
diagnosis and management of those findings. The study showed that 230 out of
1,256 patients (18.3%) who underwent CT of the cervical spine during an initial
trauma evaluation had incidental findings. The incidental findings were
stratified as trauma related and not trauma related. Results showed that
incidental findings were associated with age, injury severity score and
mechanism of injury.
“There are a lot of CT
scans performed and as technology has advanced we are beginning to image more
and more anatomy. With that we are identifying more incidental findings,” said
Shella Farooki, MD, lead author of the study. “Our study found
that patients who were older and had a higher injury severity score were more
likely to have incidental findings. Additionally, injuries related to falls vs.
motor accidents had a higher percentage of incidental findings,” she said.
“A lot of patients come
into the ER as trauma patients, but are leaving with diagnoses that are not
related to trauma. As a physician, you have to pay attention to detail in
communicating and following up is important,” she
-- News release courtesy of American Roentgen Ray
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