My purpose in this paper is to emphasize the importance of the roentgenologic examination of the appendix, cecum and ascending colon. That surgical intervention of chronic appendicitis has been instituted too liberally is proved by the large proportion of patients in our clinics who have failed to secure desired relief following appendectomies. It is quite generally accepted that a pathologic appendix is frequently only a part of a more general pathologic condition which involves the cecum, ascending colon and often other organs. As the roentgenologist can secure visible results while the organ is being palpated or is exercising its function or is under motion from the rotation or change of posture of the patient, it becomes both a duty and a necessity that he should analyze what he has found and endeavor to render correct clinical interpretation.
Many pathologists maintain that the cecum, proximal colon and appendix are nearly always
ORNDOFF BH. ROENTGEN-RAY STUDIES OF THE APPENDIX, CECUM AND ASCENDING COLON. JAMA. 1926;87(16):1294–1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160042012