Pediatric Abdominal Radiographs: Common and Less Common Errors

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug;209(2):417-429. doi: 10.2214/AJR.17.17889. Epub 2017 Jun 7.


Objective: Interpretation of abdominal radiographs of children benefits from a firm knowledge of the congenital anomalies and pathologies unique to this patient population, leveraged by a systematic approach. Interpretive errors place the patients and their families at risk for a delay in diagnosis, unnecessary additional imaging, a potential increase in the radiation burden, and possible psychologic trauma.

Conclusion: In this article, we describe the common and uncommon potential pitfalls in pediatric abdominal radiography, using several of our own interpretive errors as a framework while providing teaching points to help avoid these mistakes.

Keywords: abdominal radiographs; errors; pediatric.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Humans
  • Radiography, Abdominal*
  • Risk Factors