Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography

L. W. Pinheiro, K. L. McKenney, Luis Rivas, D. B. Nunez, M. Yu, J. P. Harris

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Purpose: To determine the prevalence of incidental findings detected on the focused abdominal sonogram for trauma. Methods: From November 1996 to February 1998, 1914 radiologist-assisted trauma ultrasound examinations were performed. Incidental findings were tabulated by retrospective review of the trauma radiology daily logbooks. Results: Incidental nontraumatic findings were detected in 160 (8.36 %) of the acutely injured patients. Most findings were benign, including echogenic liver, renal cysts, and cholelithiasis. However, significant pathology was detected in several patients, including renal masses, hepatic metastases, and gynecologic disease. Conclusion: The radiologist-assisted trauma ultrasound examination can provide valuable diagnostic information beyond the detection of free fluid. This may have important implications, as nonradiologists are increasingly involved in the practice of trauma ultrasonography. Even in the setting of trauma, significant occult pathology can be detected on a targeted ultrasound examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalEmergency Radiology
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 3 2000

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Keywords

  • Emergency
  • Trauma, blunt abdominal
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasonography, abdominal

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Pinheiro, L. W., McKenney, K. L., Rivas, L., Nunez, D. B., Yu, M., & Harris, J. P. (2000). Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography. Emergency Radiology, 7(1), 19-24.

Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography. / Pinheiro, L. W.; McKenney, K. L.; Rivas, Luis; Nunez, D. B.; Yu, M.; Harris, J. P.

In: Emergency Radiology, Vol. 7, No. 1, 03.04.2000, p. 19-24.

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Pinheiro, LW, McKenney, KL, Rivas, L, Nunez, DB, Yu, M & Harris, JP 2000, 'Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography', Emergency Radiology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 19-24.
Pinheiro LW, McKenney KL, Rivas L, Nunez DB, Yu M, Harris JP. Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography. Emergency Radiology. 2000 Apr 3;7(1):19-24.
Pinheiro, L. W. ; McKenney, K. L. ; Rivas, Luis ; Nunez, D. B. ; Yu, M. ; Harris, J. P. / Incidental findings on trauma ultrasonography. In: Emergency Radiology. 2000 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 19-24.
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