What is the role of imaging in the workup of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)?

Updated: Dec 27, 2017
  • Author: Shelley C Springer, JD, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Reports from outside of the United States suggest that imaging techniques such as contrast radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and radionuclide scanning may play a role in diagnosis the diagnosis of NEC. These techniques are not currently in common use.

Gastrointestinal tonometry is an infrequently used technique that may be helpful in distinguishing benign feeding intolerance from early NEC. The use of radiography and ultrasonography in the diagnosis of NEC is discussed in detail below.


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