What is the role of CT scanning in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Although CT is not an initial study in most patients, CT may be useful to demonstrate subtle regions of osteonecrosis not apparent on plain radiographs in patients who are unable to have an MRI. [4]

CT scanning is performed to exclude renal medullary carcinoma in patients presenting with hematuria. CT is not the test of choice for evaluation of acute osteomyelitis.


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