How accurate is CT scanning in the detection of a 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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One series of 32 patients reported a sensitivity of 93%, a specificity of 100%, and an accuracy of 94% for CT scanning in the detection of obstructions. [21] Another series reported a sensitivity of 92% and specificity of 71% in the correct identification of partial or complete SBO. [11] Additional studies have shown sensitivities above 95% for CT scanning in identifying obstructions and its complications. [5]


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