Which imaging studies are most beneficial in the diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In a study of 13 patients with thoracic and abdominal wall infections, Sharif et al reported that CT and MRI were superior to sonography, scintigraphy, and plain radiography in providing useful information about the nature and extent of infections. [56] Furthermore, they point out that while CT compares favorably with MRI in accurate diagnosis of soft tissue infection, multiplanar MRI images can be obtained without ionizing radiation and the use of intravenous contrast agents.


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