Comparison of diagnostic value of multidetector computed tomography and X-ray in the detection of body packing

Bulakci M., KALELIOGLU T., Bulakci B. B., KIRIS A.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY, vol.82, no.8, pp.1248-1254, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2012.12.022
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1248-1254
  • Keywords: Drug smuggling, Body packer, Computed tomography, X-ray, Digestive tract, Cocaine, ILLICIT DRUGS, COCAINE, PACKETS, CT, OBSTRUCTION, MANAGEMENT, ULTRASOUND
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Radiologists and other clinicians are facing an increasing number of illegal drug-related medical conditions. We aimed to draw attention to this growing global problem and to highlight some of the important points related to diagnosis and follow-up of body packing. We compare the diagnostic performance of unenhanced multidetector CT (MDCT) and abdomen X-ray for the detection of drug-filled packets.