The double-contrast enema: myths and misconceptions

Gastrointestinal Radiology
Igor Laufer

Abstract

The role of the double-contrast enema (DCE) remains contraversial since no controlled comparison between the barium enema (BE) and the DCE has been performed. As a result of our experience with routine use of the DCE, we believe that it is the most sensitive technique for the detection of polypoid, annular, and inflammatory lesions in the colon. There are many commonly held myths and misconceptions regarding the DCE and these are discussed and refuted. The advantages of the DCE over the BE are discussed and illustrated.

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