European Radiology

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1195–1204

CT colonography without cathartic preparation: positive predictive value and patient experience in clinical practice


    • Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI
  • Carolina Sobrido Sampedro
    • Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI
  • Juan D. Corroto
    • Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI
  • Paula Rodriguez Fernández
    • Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI
  • Manuela Fontanillo Fontanillo
    • Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo - CHUVI

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-011-2367-0

Cite this article as:
Zueco Zueco, C., Sobrido Sampedro, C., Corroto, J.D. et al. Eur Radiol (2012) 22: 1195. doi:10.1007/s00330-011-2367-0



To determine the positive predictive value (PPV) for polyps ≥6 mm detected at CT colonography (CTC) performed without cathartic preparation, with low-dose iodine faecal tagging regimen and to evaluate patient experience.


1920 average-risk patients underwent CTC without cathartic preparation. Faecal tagging was performed by diatrizoate meglumine and diatrizoate sodium at a total dose of 60 ml (22.2 g of iodine).The standard interpretation method was primary 3D with 2D problem solving. We calculated per-patient and per-polyp PPV in relation to size and morphology. All colonic segments were evaluated for image quality (faecal tagging, amount of liquid and solid residual faeces and luminal distension). Patients completed a questionnaire before and after CTC to assess preparation and examination experience.


Per-polyp PPV for detected lesions of ≥6 mm, 6–9 mm, ≥10 mm and ≥30 mm were 94.3%, 93.1%, 94.7% and 98%, respectively. Per-polyp PPV, according to lesion morphology, was 94.6%, 97.3% and 85.1% for sessile, pedunculated and flat polyps, respectively. Per-patient PPV was 92.8%. Preparation without frank cathartics was reported to cause minimal discomfort by 78.9% of patients.


CTC without cathartic preparation and low-dose iodine faecal tagging may yield high PPVs for lesions ≥6 mm and is well accepted by patients.

Key Points

Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) without cathartic preparation is well accepted by patients

Cathartic-free faecal tagging CTC yields high positive predictive values

CTC without cathartic preparation could improve uptake of colorectal cancer screening


CT-colonographyFaecal taggingPatient acceptanceColorectal cancerBowel preparation colorectal polypAdenoma

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