An initial experience: Using helical CT imaging to detect obscure gastrointestinal bleeding

Frank H. Miller*, Caroline M. Hwang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Obscure gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common but frustrating disease for clinicians because of its elusive nature despite extensive work-up. We evaluate the role of helical computed tomography (CT) imaging using rapid infusion of intravenous contrast and water as oral contrast in the work-up of patients who are actively bleeding. Helical CT may be a useful noninvasive, alternative study to consider when routine work-up fails to determine the cause of active GI bleeding. Our preliminary study shows that helical CT was able to identify a wide variety of causes of obscure GI bleeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

Keywords

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • contrast media
  • helical technology
  • hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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