What are the disadvantages of ultrasonography for cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Disadvantages of ultrasonography include the fact that this imaging modality is operator and patient dependent, it is unable to image the cystic duct, and it has a decreased sensitivity for common bile duct stones. In addition, in the setting of concomitant acute pancreatitis, ultrasonographic findings alone are not adequate to accurately identify acute cholecystitis. [30]

See Acute Cholecystitis Imaging and Acalculous Cholecystitis Imaging for more complete information on these topics.


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