Rads can play key role in diagnosis of anorexia, bulimia

April 4, 2013

Eating disorders can result in a spectrum of morbidity, or even death, and imaging can play a role in diagnosing these potentially treatable illnesses, according to an article published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology .

Anorexia and bulimia affect approximately five million Americans each year, but this rate could be an underestimate because these disorders may not readily come to clinical attention, according to Jessica J. Kraeft, MD, of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and colleagues.