Computed tomography of the rectum.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

CT is an important diagnostic procedure in patients with suspected or known disease of the rectum. Knowledge of proper technique for CT of the rectum, as well as an understanding of normal pelvic anatomy, is essential to its effective use. CT can demonstrate the extent of perirectal and pararectal abnormalities detected on barium enema. While routine preoperative staging of rectal cancer is not justified, CT can be used to solve specific problems. Perhaps the most important role of rectal CT is in evaluating postoperative rectosigmoid cancer patients in an attempt to detect early asymptomatic recurrences and, thereby, prolong patient survival.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thompson, WM; Halvorsen, RA; Foster, WL; Roberts, L; Gibbons, R

Published Date

  • July 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 773 - 807

PubMed ID

  • 3448654

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0271-5333

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiographics.7.4.3448654


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States