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Multi-detector CT enterography with iso-osmotic mannitol as oral contrast for detecting small bowel disease

Multi-detector CT enterography with iso-osmotic mannitol as oral contrast for detecting small bowel disease,Lian-He Zhang,Shi-Zheng Zhang,Hong-Jie Hu,

Multi-detector CT enterography with iso-osmotic mannitol as oral contrast for detecting small bowel disease   (Citations: 13)
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Abstract Abstract Abstract Abstract AIM: To assess the feasibility and usefulness of multi-detector CT enterography with orally administered iso-osmotic mannitol as negative contrast in demonstrating small bowel disease. METHODS: Thirteen volunteers and 38 patients with various kinds of small bowel disease were examined. We administered about 1 500 mL iso-osmotic mannitol as negative contrast agent and then proceeded with helical CT scanning on a Siemens Sensation 16 scanner. All volunteers and patients were interviewed about their tolerance of the procedure. Two radiologists post- processed imaging data with MPR, thin MIP, VRT and INSPACE when necessary and then interpreted the scans, and adequacy of luminal distention was evaluated on a four-point scale. Demonstration of features of various kinds of small bowel disease was analyzed. RESULTS: The taste of iso-osmotic mannitol is good (slightly sweet) and acceptable by all. Small bowel distention was excellent and moderate in most volunteers and patients. CT features of many kinds of diseases such as tumors, Crohn's disease,and small bowel obstruction, etc. were clearly displayed. CONCLUSION: Multi-detector CT enterography with iso-osmotic mannitol as negative contrast to distend the small bowel is a simple, rapid, noninvasive and effective method of evaluating small bowel disease.
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