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2022 Feb 17

Ann R Coll Surg Engl

Performance of ultrasound in the diagnosis of cholecystitis: not so (ultra)sound?


Room H, Wood A, Ji C, Nightingale H, Toh S
Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2022 Feb 17.
PMID: 35175883.


Ultrasound has long been the radiological investigation of choice for right upper quadrant pain in the detection of gallstones and cholecystitis. However, previously reported sensitivity, specificity and other diagnostic metrics have varied widely and the underlying patient numbers have been small. We present robust and exhaustive diagnostic metrics based on a large series of 795 patients.