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Welcome to ERCast, a focused discussion on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department.

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Jan 23, 2015

Use of CT scans for the evaluation of renal colic increased 10 fold between 1996 to 2007. Is this good for patients? Have they benefitted from the detailed information that CT scanning? The answer is no. Several studies have revealed that we are not only irradiatiting patients at an increasingly alarming rate, their...

Jan 10, 2015

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Enteral contrast for CT diagnosis of appendicitis

Sanjay Arora MD and Michael Menchine MD

Written summary courtesty of EMRAP. Author: Marlowe Majoewski

Drake FT et al....

Jan 6, 2015

Should we be CAT scanning hearts in the emergency department?

Scenario: A patient presents to the emergency department with chest pain. EKG and enzymes are OK. Then it's off to get a cardiac CT - coronary arteries look clean and off they go. No admission needed, you see their anatomy right there on the scan and it...