What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis of diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Plain radiograph films are not helpful in making the diagnosis of diverticulitis. However, plain abdominal radiograph series with supine and upright films can demonstrate bowel obstruction or ileus. If free air is present, this can indicate bowel perforation.


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