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Neglected CT Scout View

Does it actually make sense to look at the scout view in CT study? 

Common sense experience tells us that it does and you at times pick up additional findings on this study.  Recent article in American Journal of Roentgenology, by Johnson et al agrees. Thye found on reviewing scout films findings such as  cardiomegaly detected on a nonchest CT scout view. Additional pathologic findings included fracture, metastasis, avascular necrosis or subluxation of the humeral head, dilated bowel, and thoracic aortic dilatation.  The results of this study support the routine inspection of the scout view, especially for the detection of pathologic findings in anatomic regions not imaged by CT.

Read More & reference:

The CT Scout View: Does It Need to Be Routinely Reviewed as Part of the CT Interpretation?
Pamela T. Johnson, William W. Scott, Bob W. Gayler, Jonathan S. Lewin, and Elliot K. Fishman. American Journal of Roentgenology 2014 202:6, 1256-1263 
Neglected CT Scout View Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Thursday, May 22, 2014 Rating: 5

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