February 1988

Clinical Imaging of the Colon and Rectum

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by Frederick M. Kelvin and Richard Gardiner, 521 pp, with illus, $79, New York, Raven Press, 1987.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(2):266. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400260154033

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This volume is the most recent addition to the Clinical Imaging of the Gastrointestinal Tract series from Raven Press. It should be required reading for radiologists, gastroenterologists, and surgeons alike.

The authors draw on an obvious wealth of experience in their succinct and well-referenced chapters. The text is liberally illustrated with crisp roentgenograms, which serve as valuable references in themselves.

Appropriately, the authors begin by describing the radiologie appearance of the healthy colon and its anatomic variants. This is followed by a detailed chapter stressing the proper techniques of single- and double-contrast barium enema examinations. Other techniques, such as ultrasound, computed tomographic scanning, and angiography, are also reviewed. Tricks used to obtain superior results are often discussed. The indications, contraindications, and complications of each examination are presented.

The authors describe several endoscopic methods for examination of the colon. These are compared with alternate radiologic techniques, and the relative values of

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