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CT Scans for Abdominal Pain May Reduce Hospitalizations
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Despite concerns about exposing patients to excessive amounts of radiation from CT scans, a Massachusetts General Hospital study finds that such tests avoided hospitalization in nearly one in four patients who came to the ED complaining of abdominal pain.

The research focused on non-traumatic abdominal complaints because they are common reason patients seek emergency department care, yet they are often difficult for a clinician to diagnose.