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Clinical utility of CAT body scans.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  98068     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The results of 202 computerized axial tomography (CAT) body scans performed on hospitalized patients were analyzed for their accuracy and clinical utility. The sensitivity (80 per cent), specificity (70 per cent), and accuracy (77 per cent) were high but not superior to ultrasound examinations of the same area. The results of the CAT body scan affected patient management in 16 per cent of patients and affected the success of treatment in 1 per cent of patients. We conclude that for many abdominal conditions ultrasound scans are equally as accurate and substantially more cost-effective than CAT body scans, and that the clinical value of CAT body scans needs support from controlled clinical trials.
C Baker; L W Way
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0002-9610     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  1978 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-09-15     Completed Date:  1978-09-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-44     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Diagnostic Errors
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / economics

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