DCBE and colonoscopy

  • Giorgio Cittadini


The propagation of cross-sectional imaging techniques and the competition from endoscopy are the two major factors contributing to the 29% decrease in barium enema studies observed in the United States between 1975 and 1986 [1], and confirmed in many other countries all over the world. US and CT have made it possible to study abdominal masses directly, instead of indirectly through dislocations induced on the various intestinal segments; colonoscopy has taken clients away from DCBE for its great diagnostic accuracy especially in the study of patients with gastrointestinal bleeding or polyps [2-4].


Barium Enema Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Colonic Disease Colonic Neoplasm Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test 
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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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