Abdominal CT 101
Primer on acute abdomen / emergency department CT
Full DICOM teaching cases
These DICOM teaching cases will expose you to essential diagnoses in abdominal CT and also help you learn the basics of using a DICOM viewer such as window/level, zoom/pan, and triangulation. Number keyboard shortcuts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) work for window/level - try it out!
There are extensive study notes and annotations to guide you (click the light blue paper icon in the upper right corner).
These cases are an ideal primer for medical students and early residents. Be sure to review the annotated teaching case and videos under How to read CT to give yourself a foundation before diving into these cases.
I highly recommend that every radiology resident reviews How to read CT and all of these case before their first rotation on CT. You will be amazed at how quickly you jump into the service, impress your faculty, and have an extremely productive month.
Click the blue paper icon
Opens study notes to guide you through the case
Click the "Key findings"
Text is linked to corresponding key images
Learn the toolbar
Window/level, pan/zoom, annotations, and change layout to review 2 planes side-by-side
Tips for smooth scrolling with a laptop:
Consider using an external mouse with middle scroll wheel
If using a trackpad select the "Stack Scroll" button (it is defaulted when you open the case), click with one finger (index) and scroll with a second (middle) for a smoother, slower scroll than with two fingers alone