Diagnostic Imaging: Plain Films: Accuracy

Plain radiographs of the abdomen are normal in 20 - 50 % of cases (14). However in infants with appendicitis, over 80% will have abnormalities on abdominal radiographs suspicious of this disease(1). The results of plain radiography can almost never exclude appendicitis (15). Generally, plain radiographic findings are non-specific. Abnormalities do not occur with adequate frequency to justify the routine use of this examination (16).

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Diagnostic Imaging: Plain Films: Findings in Appendicitis

Abnormal findings on plain radiographs include:

Review Plain Film and Barium Enema Findings in Appendicitis case presentations

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