Hungarian Radiology

[Investigation of colon transit with radiopaque m]


JUNE 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(03-04)

[The constipation is a frequent disorder, which often requires gastroenterological examination. Colon transit study and defecography are indicated in case of making difference between slow colon transit time and outlet obstruction. The method, the mode of administration of the radiopaque markers and the evaluation of the radiological study are discussed. Radiopaque markers ingested on the first day are followed by abdominal X-ray taken at regular times. The normal value of the colon transit time is less than 70 hours. The etiology of constipation has to be clarified by functional examinations, since the treatment of outlet obstruction is different from slow transit constipation. To determine the large bowel transit time is necessary also in the differential diagnosis of slow colon transit. The method is a simple, reliable and easily reproducible.]



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