Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2021; 34(04): 205-218
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1729737
Review Article

Imaging Modalities for Evaluation of Intestinal Obstruction

David W. Nelms
1  Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Brian R. Kann
1  Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Abstract

It is essential for the colon and rectal surgeon to understand the evaluation and management of patients with both small and large bowel obstructions. Computed tomography is usually the most appropriate and accurate diagnostic imaging modality for most suspected bowel obstructions. Additional commonly used imaging modalities include plain radiographs and contrast imaging/fluoroscopy, while less commonly utilized imaging modalities include ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging. Regardless of the imaging modality used, interpretation of imaging should involve a systematic, methodological approach to ensure diagnostic accuracy.

Disclosures

The authors have no relevant financial disclosures.




Publication History

Publication Date:
02 June 2021 (online)

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