Barium enema utilization within a defined geographic region: A survey

Douglas K. Rex, John C. Lappas, Dean D.T. Maglinte, Frederick M. Kelvin

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Abstract

All 118 hospital-based radiology departments in Indiana (USA) responded to a survey of barium enema (BE) utilization. The percentage of community hospitals in Indiana using barium enema, both single contrast (SCBE) and double contrast (DCBE), for various indications was similar to that reported for major medical centers around the world (RF Thoeni and AR Margulis, Radiology, 167:7-12, 1988). The use of SCBE and DCBE did not differ between small and large hospitals, or between hospitals in small vs large communities. There was, however, wide variation among community hospitals in their overall use of either contrast technique. Barium enema was usually performed without antecedent sigmoidoscopy. However, 60% of Indiana hospitals perform BE on the same day as flexible sigmoidoscopy. The results indicate that the use of BE in community hospitals in Indiana is similar to that reported for major medical centers. Also like major medical centers, there is no consensus regarding many issues in the performance of BE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-267
Number of pages3
JournalGastrointestinal Radiology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

Keywords

  • Abdomen, radiography
  • Barium enema, techniques and applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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    Rex, D. K., Lappas, J. C., Maglinte, D. D. T., & Kelvin, F. M. (1990). Barium enema utilization within a defined geographic region: A survey. Gastrointestinal Radiology, 15(1), 265-267. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01888791