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Answer: Static frontal and lateral images are generated prior to tomographic scanning to localize the region of interest. These “scout views,” however, also can provide valuable prologue that can clue the radiologist as to what processes may be at work. It is good practice to consider the scout images before proceeding with the rest of the study. Checking the total radiation dose is also good practice, but it is not one of the answer choices.
The edematous haustral folds are also quite obvious on the scout views of the abdomen. The fact that the distribution of gas in the bowel is not significantly changed compared to the plain radiograph done earlier is of concern. No free air is visible here.
Question: What is the diagnosis?
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