Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 82–97

Missed lesions at CT colonography: lessons learned


DOI: 10.1007/s00261-012-9897-z

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Pickhardt, P.J. Abdom Imaging (2013) 38: 82. doi:10.1007/s00261-012-9897-z


Misinterpretation at CT colonography (CTC) can result in either a colorectal lesion being missed (false-negative) or a false-positive diagnosis. This review will largely focus on potential missed lesions—and ways to avoid such misses. The general causes of false-negative interpretation at CTC can be broadly characterized and grouped into discrete categories related to suboptimal study technique, specific lesion characteristics, anatomic location, and imaging artifacts. Overlapping causes further increase the likelihood of missing a clinically relevant lesion. In the end, if the technical factors of bowel preparation, colonic distention, and robust CTC software are adequately addressed on a consistent basis, and the reader is aware of all the potential pitfalls at CTC, important lesions will seldom be missed.


CT colonography Virtual colonoscopy Interpretation Pitfalls Colorectal polyps 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, E3/311 Clinical Science CenterMadisonUSA

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