How does the sensitivity and specificity of plain radiography compare to that of CT scanning in the evaluation of small-bowel obstruction (SBO)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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In a study of 103 patients with suspected SBO, the sensitivity of plain radiography was reported to be 75%, with a specificity of 53%, whereas computed tomography (CT) scanning had a 92% sensitivity and 71% specificity. [11]

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