Synopses & Reviews
This book deals mainly with technique, experiences and results of the biphasic small bowel enema (enteroclysis) with barium and methylcellulose. The method allows the evaluation of both, morphology and function of the small bowel. The introduction describes the examination technique, basic patterns, interpretation and indications, while the atlas shows a broad spectrum of small bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, other inflammatory diseases, tumors, motility disorders, obstructions and malformations). The possibilities of small bowel radiology are demonstrated with reference to clinical findings and differential diagnoses.
Since the small bowel except the duodenum and (1961), Pygott et al. (1960), Gianturco (1967) terminal ileum is largely inaccessible during en- and Bilbao et al. (1967). doscopic examination, radiology of the small Sellink, however, was really responsible for bowel attains special significance as a diagnostic the widespread recognition of enteroclysis method. Owing to the length and position of (1971, 1974, 1976). In spite of the increasing this organ, good images are difficult to obtain. popularity of this method, the necessity for sub- Furthermore, the considerable variation oftran- stituting this apparently viable method for the sit time, unpredictable response of the contrast peroral examination is still equivocal (Rabe medium, and superimposition with the filled etal. 1981; Fried etal. 1981; Maglinte etal. loops make small bowel radiology difficult. As 1982; Ott et al. 1985). Comparisons of both methods, however, (Fleckenstein and Pedersen a result, few radiologists specialize in this field. With the exception of Crohn's disease, disorders 1975; Sanders and Ho 1976; Ekberg 1977; Val- lance 1980) have confirmed the superiority of of the small bowel are relatively rare. Thus, not many clinicians and radiologists are interested enteroclysis. It achieves a high accuracy (Antes in the small intestine. and Lissner 1983).