CT scans are also used to detect intra-abdominal injury in trauma patients and are a valuable adjunct to DPL. The combination of DPL and CT scan allows surgeons to minimize the incidence of unnecessary laparotomy in trauma patients.
Update Date 2/11/2015
Updated by: Subodh K. Lal, MD, Gastroenterologist at Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, Austell, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.