Fluoroscopic techniques for the interrogation of IBD patients

Stephen W. Trenkner, Joel G. Fletcher

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Fluoroscopic imaging of the gut has provided critical information for the care of inflammatory bowel disease patients since the days of Dr. Burrill Crohn. With the advent of new optical and cross-sectional imaging techniques, biologic and immunologic therapies, and surgical techniques, the role of fluoroscopy in inflammatory bowel disease management has evolved. This chapter reviews different types of fluoroscopic exams, their strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on highlighting unique information they provide compared to cross-sectional alternatives. Radiographic signs indicating active, penetrating, and obstructive disease are reviewed, with diagnostic pitfalls in cross-sectional imaging that can be addressed with fluoroscopic exams highlighted. The complementary role of fluoroscopy to optical and cross-sectional imaging techniques is discussed throughout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEndoscopy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319110776
ISBN (Print)9783319110769
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Barium enema
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Double contrast upper GI
  • Fluoroscopic enteroclysis
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Mucosal inflammation
  • Obstructive disease
  • Penetrating disease
  • Peroral pneumocolon
  • Small bowel follow through (SBFT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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