Non-traumatic abdominal emergencies: imaging and intervention in gastrointestinal hemorrhage and ischemia
Bilbao JI, Torres E, Martínez-Cuesta A.
Department of Radiology, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Avda Pio XII, s/n, Apt. 192, 31080 Pamplona, Spain
Radiologist and radiological techniques play a crucial role in imaging and interventional procedures in gastrointestinal hemorrhage and ischemia.
They are involved in emergency situations that may lead to the death of the patient. Therefore correct diagnosis and treatment are absolutely decisive. We have a great potential in tools of diagnosis, with angiography serving not only as the gold standard for diagnosis even offering a potentially effective treatment for various pathologies. Nevertheless, other techniques have developed greatly during the past decade, including in standard protocols for the management of vascular pathologies such as those discussed here.
Ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging and their applications in the vascular field such as in as Doppler ultrasound, computed tomography angiography, and magnetic resonance angiography provide sensitivity as high as that of angiography for detecting vascular-dependent lesions and for evaluating and excluding other causes of acute or chronic abdomen disorders.
This contribution evaluates clinical aspects, various imaging techniques, and interventional effectiveness related to gastrointestinal hemorrhage and ischemia.
CITATION Eur Radiol. 2002 Sep;12(9):2161-71