Journal article

Incidental hepatic steatosis on unenhanced computed tomography performed for suspected renal colic: Gaps in reporting and documentation

Numan Kutaiba, Danielle Richmond, Matthew Morey, Daniel Brennan, Joe-Anthony Rotella, Zaid Ardalan, Mark Goodwin

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Hepatic steatosis is a common incidental finding on computed tomography (CT) in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). The aims of our study were to assess the prevalence of hepatic steatosis in ED patients with suspected renal colic and to assess documentation in radiology reports and medical charts correlated with alanine transaminase (ALT) levels. METHODS: Over 18 months from January 2016 to June 2017, all unenhanced CTs performed for suspected renal colic were reviewed. Quantitative assessment measuring hepatic and splenic attenuation in Hounsfield Units was performed. Hepatic steatosis was defined using multiple CT criteria including liver/spleen (L/S) ratio..

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