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CT Scans Help Assess Need for Appendectomy

The Science File | IN BRIEF

June 11, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

CT scans can cut the number of unnecessary appendectomies performed in hospitals from 20% to 3%, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital report this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Prior to the use of CT scans, there was no good way to determine whether appendicitis was present, the team said. But the sophisticated X-ray scans are good at imaging the appendix as well as finding conditions that mimic appendicitis.

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