CT scanning in psychiatric inpatients

Clinical yield

Thomas P. Beresford, Frederic C. Blow, Richard C.W. Hall, Linda Nichols, James W. Langston

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Abstract

The authors surveyed CT scan use in 4,600 psychiatric admissions over a period of 2½ years. Attending psychiatrists with free access to CT scanning requested scans in 165 (3.6%) of the cases. Review of 156 scans showed a positive result in 50 of them. Scans were ordered most often to rule out pathologic conditions: approximately 86.5% of use. Scan results altered diagnosis in 18% of cases and confirmed suspected diagnoses in 11%. Of the 50 abnormal scans, 28 (56%) showed focal pathology. Preliminary indications are that mental status testing was more useful in predicting abnormal scan results than were focal neurologic findings. The authors present illustrative cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Psychiatry
Inpatients
Neurologic Manifestations
Pathology
Psychiatrists
Admission
Testing

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Beresford, T. P., Blow, F. C., Hall, R. C. W., Nichols, L., & Langston, J. W. (1986). CT scanning in psychiatric inpatients: Clinical yield. Psychosomatics, 27(2), 105-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0033-3182(86)72721-7

CT scanning in psychiatric inpatients : Clinical yield. / Beresford, Thomas P.; Blow, Frederic C.; Hall, Richard C.W.; Nichols, Linda; Langston, James W.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.01.1986, p. 105-112.

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Beresford, TP, Blow, FC, Hall, RCW, Nichols, L & Langston, JW 1986, 'CT scanning in psychiatric inpatients: Clinical yield', Psychosomatics, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 105-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0033-3182(86)72721-7
Beresford, Thomas P. ; Blow, Frederic C. ; Hall, Richard C.W. ; Nichols, Linda ; Langston, James W. / CT scanning in psychiatric inpatients : Clinical yield. In: Psychosomatics. 1986 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 105-112.
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