Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Acute Abdomen (Overview)

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This pathway provides guidance for imaging adult patients with non-traumatic acute abdominal pain. An approach is used based on categorization of symptoms with associated links to more specific pathways.

Date reviewed: January 2012

Date of next review: January 2015

Published: January 2012

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SYMBOL RRL EFFECTIVE DOSE RANGE
No radiation None 0
Minimal radiation Minimal < 1 millisieverts
Low radiation Low 1-5 mSv
Medium radiation Medium 5-10 mSv
High radiation High >10 mSv

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