Oral Contrast and LOS

PGY1 PGY2 PGY3 PGY4 Radiology

and the question is:

Does limiting oral contrast decrease emergency department length of stay? we know the answer is YES, but this is something that we can share with our surgical consultants and as well Radiology colleagues

who are insisting on Oral contrast to diagnose Appendicitis, Diverticulitis and SBO.


Link to article


 Abdominal 64-MDCT for suspected appendicitis: the use of oral and IV contrast material versus IV contrast material only.

Does enteral contrast increase the accuracy of appendicitis diagnosis?

 A systematic review of whether oral contrast is necessary for the computed tomography diagnosis of appendicitis in adults.

Neutral vs positive oral contrast in diagnosing acute appendicitis with contrast-enhanced CT: sensitivity, specificity, reader confidence and interpretation time.