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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Furqan M M. M.B.B.S[2]


CT scan is usually used for the diagnosis of the complications of acute cholecystitis. These complications include emphysematous cholecystitis and gangrenous cholecystitis.

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Limitations of CT

  • Limitations of CT scan include:[1]
    • Helpful in obese patients
    • Helpful in patients with gaseous abdominal distention
    • Information about other intra-abdominal organs
CT Scan of acute cholecystitis; Red arrow shows gallstones, yellow arrow shows cystic duct obstruction, and blue arrow shows thickening of the gallbladder wall. Case courtesy of Radswiki,, rID: 11161 Source:[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gomes CA, Junior CS, Di Saverio S, Sartelli M, Kelly MD, Gomes CC, Gomes FC, Corrêa LD, Alves CB, Guimarães SF (2017). "Acute calculous cholecystitis: Review of current best practices". World J Gastrointest Surg. 9 (5): 118–126. doi:10.4240/wjgs.v9.i5.118. PMC 5442405. PMID 28603584.
  2. Reginelli A, Mandato Y, Solazzo A, Berritto D, Iacobellis F, Grassi R (2012). "Errors in the radiological evaluation of the alimentary tract: part II". Semin. Ultrasound CT MR. 33 (4): 308–17. doi:10.1053/j.sult.2012.01.016. PMID 22824121.
  3. "Imaging of Cholecystitis : American Journal of Roentgenology : Vol. 196, No. 4 (AJR)".
  4. "Acute cholecystitis | Radiology Reference Article |".

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