What are the sensitivity and specificity of CT scanning and MRI in predicting acute cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The sensitivity and specificity of computed tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in predicting acute cholecystitis have been reported to be greater than 95%. [31] Spiral CT scan and MRI (unlike endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography [ERCP]) have the advantage of being noninvasive, but they have no therapeutic potential and are most appropriate in cases where bile duct stones are unlikely.


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