Which imaging studies are indicated in the evaluation of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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B-mode and possibly color Doppler ultrasonography, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scanning, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can promote early diagnosis of necrotizing infections. [53] In addition, these studies permit visualization of the location of the rapidly spreading infection. More importantly, MRI or CT scan delineation of the extent of necrotizing fasciitis may be useful in directing rapid surgical debridement.


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