Extracolonic findings at CT colonography

J. Sosna*, J. B. Kruskal, J. Bar-Ziv, L. Copel, T. Sella

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This review focuses on the detection of extracolonic findings at CT colonography (CTC). Since its introduction, it has been regarded as a promising alternative to conventional colonoscopy for the detection of colorectal polyps and cancers. Unlike conventional colonoscopy and barium enema, CTC allows evaluation not only of the colon but also visualization of the lung bases, the abdomen, and the pelvis. CTC is performed with thin sections (1-5 mm) and small intervals (0.5-2 mm), enabling superb image reconstruction. The ability to evaluate the extracolonic structures can present a clinical dilemma. On the one hand, CTC may incidentally demonstrate asymptomatic malignant diseases or other clinically important conditions, thus possibly reducing morbidity or mortality. On the other hand, CTC may reveal numerous findings of no clinical relevance; this could result in costly additional diagnostic examinations with an increase in morbidity and overall negative impact on patients' health. In this article, extracolonic findings at CTC will be reviewed and the potential benefits and disadvantages will be presented.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)709-713
Number of pages5
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Colonography
  • Computerized tomography
  • Extra-colonic findings


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