Choose the correct answer about comparing diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) to computerized axial tomography (CT) in the evaluation of blunt abdominal trauma:
CT is easier to interpret.
CT is more specific.
CT is more time consuming.
DPL is more expensive.
DPL requires contrast for optimal results.
CT is more specific than DPL. CT scan for blunt abdominal trauma can reduce the rate of noninterventional laparotomy rates. Solid organ injuries (hepatic or splenic hematomas) in the hemodynamically stable patient may be managed nonoperatively. CT is less sensitive in identifying hollow viscous bowel injuries.