oa South African Family Practice - A review of the radiological imaging modalities of non-traumatic small bowel obstruction : research

Volume 57, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Small bowel obstruction is a common clinical presentation that presents a diagnostic conundrum. Over the last 2 decades, there has been a paradigm shift in the radiological investigation of small bowel obstruction (SBO) and in the indication for and timing of surgical intervention. Cross-sectional imaging (predominantly computed tomography) has largely replaced the widespread use of radiographic small bowel follow-through studies as the imaging modality of choice for SBO. This article illustrates the current imaging modalities available for diagnosis of small bowel obstruction.

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