Radionuclide imaging and ultrasound in liver/spleen trauma: A prospective comparison

J. W. Froelich, J. F. Simeone, K. A. McKusick, G. G. Winzelberg, H. W. Strauss

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In a prospective blind study of liver/spleen traumas, 32 consecutive patients were evaluated by radionuclide imaging (99mTc-sulfur colloid) and gray-scale ultrasound. Six patients (19%) had inadequate sonograms due to injuries and pain. Thirteen (41%) were normal, 13 (41%) were abnormal with one technique or the other, and there was a discrepancy in 2 (6%). Of the 13 abnormal patients, 1 had a lacerated spleen, 2 had angiographic confirmation of a subcapsular hematoma, and 10 showed resolution on follow-up. Two patients with left-sided trauma had abnormal radionuclide scans of the liver; sonograms were initially normal in one of them, but subsequent imaging confirmed the abnormality. The authors feel that imaging with 999Tc-sulfur colloid should be the primary screening examination for liver/spleen trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-461
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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