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Medical News & Perspectives
January 24/31, 2007

Milk Shows Potential as CT Contrast Agent

JAMA. 2007;297(4):353. doi:10.1001/jama.297.4.353

Chicago—Radiologists looking to replace chalky-tasting barium-based contrast agents used for some computed tomography (CT) imaging may need to look no further than their dairy case. It appears whole milk may be an adequate substitute.

Researchers from St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City said their preliminary findings from an ongoing study found milk achieved similar bowel distension and enhancement as a commonly used barium-based contrast agent, VoLumen. Their findings were presented at the Scientific Assembly of the Radiological Society of North America meeting, held here in November.