What is the role of barium enema imaging for the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The barium enema imaging technique was one of the first studies that allowed characterization of the typical findings associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Barium enemas may be useful in cases of limited or no access to endoscopy, in cases of incomplete colonoscopy, or to measure stricture length. [1]


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