Is diet control a compulsory step in the preparation to DCBE?

  • Giorgio Cittadini


As effectively pointed out by Miller [1], a colon report must read either positive or negative, or it must be repeated. In this context, a thorough cleansing of the large bowel from any fecal contents is an absolutely essential pre-condition [2]. This will ensure against:
  • incorrect X-ray diagnosis with significant increase in false negatives and false positives;

  • need to repeat the examination;

  • the troubles for the patient of a second examination and above all another, not negligible, radiation dose;

  • excessive workload for the staff involved in the examination;

  • extra costs for the community.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Dietary Fiber Barium Enema Diet Regimen Colon Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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