Marcin Hartel, Anna Zymon-Zagórska, Joanna Gibińska, Marek Konopka, Joanna Pilch-Kowalczyk, Basem Sallam, Jan Baron
Med Sci Monit 2004; 10(3): 22-25
Background: In virtual colonoscopy (VC) we are capable to assess all organs located between a diaphragm and pelvic bottom. This report provides a breakdown of extracolonic pathological findings in VC performed in standard indications. Material/Methods: We reviewed 71 consecutive VC (29 men and 42 women) performed using double-slice scanner General Electric High Speed NX/I Pro. Pathological findings were presented in a tabular form illustrated by sample images. Results: Extracolonic findings were found in 53 cases (74.6%), and were equally frequent in subgroups with pathological colon and free from colon lesions. Renal cysts occurred most often. In 15 cases the extracolonic pathologies were clinically important, most of them tumors. Conclusions: VC is found to be a very useful tool in the detection and evaluation of extracolonic pathologies.
Keywords: virtual colonography, spiral computed tomography, image reconstruction