Sonography of the normal appendix: its varied appearance and techniques to improve its visualization.


Journal Article (Review)

The sonographic identification of the normal appendix is crucial to the success of ultrasound as an effective screening method for diagnosing acute appendicitis. The normal appendix can be challenging to identify on sonography, however, because it is a narrow tubular structure and has variable sonographic appearances. Moreover, the tip of the appendix can be quite variable in location. In this article, we review the various sonographic appearances of the normal appendix and highlight strategies to improve its visualization.

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Cited Authors

  • Ung, C; Chang, ST; Jeffrey, RB; Patel, BN; Olcott, EW

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 333 - 341

PubMed ID

  • 24263759

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24263759

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-0253

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-8771

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/ruq.0b013e3182a2aa8e


  • eng