A 40-year-old female asked:
Can a abdomen:pelvis ct definitely rule out a bowel blockage?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Yes: ACR specifies: “Oral contrast should not be used if high-grade SBO is known or suspected. Oral contrast will not reach the site of obstruction, wastes time, adds expense, can induce further patient discomfort, will not add to diagnosis.
A small bowel diameter of 2.5cm achieves the highest combination of sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of obstruction.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
243 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Nov 25, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.