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What diagnostic criteria would a radiologist have to fulfill in order to definitively diagnose diverticulitis on a CT without contrast scan?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
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In brief: Inflammation

Without contrast it is hard, but on occasions they can see the inflammation surrounding the colin and air pockets or diverticuli in the colon around an area of inflammation.

In brief: Inflammation

Without contrast it is hard, but on occasions they can see the inflammation surrounding the colin and air pockets or diverticuli in the colon around an area of inflammation.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Pneumopertioneum

Making this diagnosis, or just about any other definitive intestinal diagnosis is very difficult to impossible based on a ct scan without contrast.
Sometimes the intestine is already filled with enough fluid that makes the diagnosis easier, but it still may not be 100% accurate. If the radiologist sees outpouchings along the sigmoid colon with small amounts of air outside the bowel, that's clear.

In brief: Pneumopertioneum

Making this diagnosis, or just about any other definitive intestinal diagnosis is very difficult to impossible based on a ct scan without contrast.
Sometimes the intestine is already filled with enough fluid that makes the diagnosis easier, but it still may not be 100% accurate. If the radiologist sees outpouchings along the sigmoid colon with small amounts of air outside the bowel, that's clear.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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