CT Scans Don’t Benefit Crohn’s Disease Patients in 50% of ER Visits

CT Scans Don’t Benefit Crohn’s Disease Patients in 50% of ER Visits
crohn's disease and IBDA new study entitled “Risk Stratification of Emergency Department Patients With Crohn's Disease Could Reduce Computed Tomography Use by Nearly Half” published in Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology reports new models that could Crohn's Disease patients avoid being submitted to uninformative Computed Tomography scans. Computed Tomography (CT) is a diagnostic medical test that generates multiple images of the inside of the body. CT enterography refers to the analysis of the interior of the small intestine, and is used to detect inflammation and bowel obstructions, among other conditions. Therefore, CT is currently used as a diagnostic tool for Crohn's Disease, to evaluate disease activity and complications. However, since CT uses' X-ray technology, excessive radiation exposure can pose cancer risks. In this study, a team of scientists from the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, proposed to identify automatable algorithms with high negative predictive values for significant CT findings in patients with Crohn's Disease. The authors performed a retrospective analysis of patients diagnosed with Crohn's Disease who were treated at an emergency center from 2000 to 2011. Their model included complications, including perforations, abs
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