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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 354-361
Imaging of retained surgical items: A pictorial review including new innovations

Department of Radio-diagnosis, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Subhash Ramani
Department of Radio-diagnosis, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_31_17

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With the advent of newer imaging modalities retained surgical items are now easily diagnosed by their characteristic imaging appearances. A combination of complementary imaging modalities helps to arrive at the diagnosis of this relatively rare complication. Factors contributing to their imaging features include the timing of diagnosis and imaging, presence of secondary infection, communication of the retained item with hollow viscus or external skin wound, and type of imaging modality used. A high index of suspicion is necessary for diagnosis before labeling it as a retained surgical item. In parallel with recent advances in surgery, it is essential that there is increasing awareness among radiologists regarding the newer types of retained surgical items.

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