The small bowel

Karthik Ganesan*, Ajaykumar C. Morani, Joel F. Platt, Senta M. Berggruen, Khaled M. Elsayes

*Corresponding author for this work

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The small bowel poses an important technical challenge to assess both clinically and radiologically. This difficulty can be attributed to its location, length, and numerous loops and its distance from both the proximal and distal orifices. The small bowel is prone to a broad spectrum of disorders, which ranges from complex developmental anomalies to life-threatening vascular and neoplastic entities. Over the last three decades, cross-sectional imaging techniques have evolved substantially, allowing for accurate noninvasive visualization of the entire length of the small bowel which thereby helped in accurate detection of pathologies. This chapter discusses an algorithmic approach to techniques and illustrates a broad spectrum of disorders afflicting the small bowel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCross-Sectional Imaging of the Abdomen and Pelvis
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Algorithmic Approach
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages51
ISBN (Electronic)9781493918843
ISBN (Print)9781493918836
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Enteroclysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Small bowel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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