Health and Policy Committee*
Between the introduction of the oral cholecystogram in 1924 and the early 1970s, soon after ultrasonography was introduced [1.2], evaluation of the gallbladder remained relatively static. Over the last 15 years, however, the revolution in diagnostic imaging has led to remarkable changes in approaches to suspected gallbladder disease. An entire generation of diagnostic procedures has been replaced, for the most part, by new technologies. This discussion focuses on the evaluation of suspected cholecystitis; evaluation of common bile duct abnormalities involves a somewhat different approach and is not a part of this review.
At the present time, the two major tests
Health and Policy Committee*. How to Study the Gallbladder. Ann Intern Med. ;109:752–754. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-752
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):752-754.
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