Abdominal radiograph unknown 10
Publication Date: 2009-09-11
This patient just had surgery. At the end of the surgery, the scrub techs were not able to account for all of the surgical tools. An x-ray was requested.
- Can you find anything that may have been left in the patient during the surgery?Surgical sponge
Correct! There is a radiodense marker woven into surgical towels. In the patient's pelvis you can see that a towel was left in the patient. This would explain why the instrument count was incorrect.Scalpel
Incorrect. This would not be good, though! Try again.Kelly clamp
Incorrect. There is no evidence of a Kelly clamp on this radiograph. Try again.Unused suture
Incorrect. Although the shape of the radiodensity in the pelvis is compatible with suture, surgical suture usually is not radiodense so it would not be visible on x-ray. Try again!