, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 323-325

The current radiologic management of intussusception: A survey and review

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To determine what practices are being utilized in the management of intussusception, a survey was sent to chairpersons of 64 Pediatric Radiology departments in the United States and Canada. There was a 92% response rate. Barium is used in 97% of departments and is the most commonly used contrast-agent in 64%. Water-soluble contrast is used in 83% of departments and air in 50%. In high-risk patients, water soluble contrast is used in 71% of departments, air in 28% and barium in 24%. Glucagon, pre-exam antibiotics, and pre-exam sedation are not used regularly in a majority of departments. The radiologic management of intussusception is more varied than only a few years ago. Use of water-soluble contrast and air have increased, while barium use is less routine.