© 2007

Ultrasound of the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Giovanni Maconi
  • Gabriele Bianchi Porro

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Acute Abdomen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Norbert Gritzmann
      Pages 3-10
    3. Giovanni Maconi, Elisa Radice, Gabriele Bianchi Porro
      Pages 11-18
    4. Norbert Gritzmann
      Pages 19-25
    5. Jae Hoon Lim
      Pages 27-34
    6. S. Boopathy Vijayaraghavan
      Pages 35-54
    7. Etienne Danse
      Pages 55-58
  3. Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Giovanni Maconi, Elisa Radice, Gabriele Bianchi Porro
      Pages 61-71
    3. Giovanni Maconi, Salvatore Greco, Gabriele Bianchi Porro
      Pages 73-81
  4. Malabsorption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Mirella Fraquelli
      Pages 85-91
  5. Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Giovanni Maconi, Luciano Tarantino, Gabriele Bianchi Porro
      Pages 101-107
    3. Dong Ho Lee, Jae Hoon Lim
      Pages 109-114
    4. Etienne Danse, Daphne Geukens
      Pages 115-119
    5. S. Boopathy Vijayaraghavan
      Pages 121-125
  6. Neoplasm

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127

About this book


Transabdominal ultrasound has become accepted in clinical practice as a primary imaging procedure in the diagnostic work-up and follow-up of various disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the use of ultrasound in the imaging of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract as well as of neoplastic and infectious diseases. The specific ultrasound features of gastrointestinal disorders are explained, and the value and limits of ultrasound are discussed.

Each chapter provides a description of the findings obtained with ultrasound imaging, with inclusion of alternative diagnostic imaging methods for comparative purposes. Specific technical developments and applications of ultrasound relevant to studies of the gastrointestinal tract, such as functional and 3D ultrasound, contrast agents and operative ultrasound, are also discussed.

All authors are considered authorities in their specific fields, and the book includes many high-quality illustrations and the most up-to-date information.


Tumor acute abdomen biopsy bowel digestive disease gastrointestinal tract imaging infectious diseases ultrasound

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Maconi
    • 1
  • Gabriele Bianchi Porro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Sciences‘L. Sacco’ University HospitalMilanoItaly

About the editors

Dr. Giovanni Maconi

Born in 1964. Graduated from Pavia University and received his Medical Degree in 1989. Specialized in Gastroenterology at the Catholic University of Rome in 1993.

He joined the "L. Sacco University Hospital", Milan, in 1992.

Since December 2002 he is lecturer in Gastroenterology at the University of Milan.

Thanks to his extensive research activities, he was awarded at young clinician program at World Congress of Gastroenterology, Vienna, in 1998.

Author and co-author of over 70 scientific papers, mostly on Ultrasound and Gastroenterology and particularly on the role of bowel ultrasound in chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.

He sits on the Editorial Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, the World Journal of gastroenterology Digestive and Liver Disease.

Prof. Gabriele Bianchi Porro

Born in Forli, Italy. Graduated from Milan University and received his Medical Degree in 1962.

He joined the "L. Sacco University Hospital", Milan, in 1972 and after two years was appointed Head of the Gastroenterology Unit. At present he holds the Chair of Gastroenterology at the University of Milan.

Author of over five hundred scientific papers, mostly on Gastroenterology, and more than 30 books. He is Editor in Chief of Digestive & Liver Disease, International Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterolog, and Associate Editor of Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterolgy. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the Journal of Internal Medicine, Drugs, Drug Investigation, Drugs and Ageing.

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From the reviews:

"A comprehensive overview of the subject, including common and rare bowel pathology. They have enlisted an international group of authors to provide a wide base of clinical experience. … The text is well designed and edited so that there is a consistent style throughout. The chapters are extensively illustrated, and the quality of the ultrasound images is predominately excellent. Each chapter is well referenced. … This book would be a useful addition to a department library … ." (G. Avery, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Vol. 51 (6), 2008)