A short long history

  • Giorgio Cittadini


Since the very beginning, DCBE has had a difficult life. When, in 1923, the German surgeon Fischer [1] had the idea of associating barium and air to study rectal tumors, thus attempting for the first time the double contrast examination of the colon, times were not yet ready for such a breakthrough. A still totally insufficient intestinal cleansing (so that fecal residues would often be interpreted as organic lesions), the lack of barium suspensions with sufficient mucosal adhesiveness (the attempt was also made in those days of replacing barium with thorium dioxide!), technical limits of radiographie recording systems, would all seriously affect the outcome. The attempt made by Weber [2] to develop a more refined, yet unfortunately difficult to implement DCBE technique, was also failure.


Tannic Acid Double Contrast Double Contrast Barium Enema Barium Suspension Thorium Dioxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Cittadini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Genoa School of Medicine San Martino HospitalGenoaItaly

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