The study of nearly 8,500 abdominal imaging studies, performed in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, found that 856 were performed for indication of abnormal liver tests.
27% of abdominal imaging studies enabled doctors to explain abnormal liver function tests.|
|Archives of Internal Medicine|
27% of the examinations enabled doctors to explain abnormal tests.
In 63% of these cases, the imaging yielded new clinical information, and in 42% of cases patient care was changed as a result, according to the research team led by Dr Jeffrey Rothschild, of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
The most common diagnoses were biliary obstruction, cholecystitis, malignancy, and cirrhosis.
"Abdominal cross-sectional imaging studies performed on inpatients with abnormal LFT results had a high diagnostic yield and frequently changed patient care," the researchers write.