European Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp 2088–2095 | Cite as

Importance of extracolonic findings at IV contrast medium-enhanced CT colonography versus those at non-enhanced CT colonography

  • Adrian Spreng
  • Peter Netzer
  • Joerg Mattich
  • Hans-Peter Dinkel
  • Peter Vock
  • Hanno Hoppe


To compare the clinical importance of extracolonic findings at intravenous (IV) contrast-enhanced CT colonography versus those at non-enhanced CT colonography. IV contrast medium-enhanced (n=72) and non-enhanced (n=30) multidetector CT colonography was performed in 102 symptomatic patients followed by conventional colonoscopy on the same day. The impact of extracolonic findings on further work up and treatment was assessed by a review of patient records. Extracolonic findings were divided into two groups: either leading to further work up respectively having an impact on therapy or not. A total of 303 extracolonic findings were detected. Of those, 71% (215/303) were found on IV contrast-enhanced CT, and 29% (88/303) were found on non-enhanced CT colonography. The extracolonic findings in 25% (26/102) of all patients led to further work up or had an impact on therapy. Twenty-two of these patients underwent CT colonography with IV contrast enhancement, and four without. The percentage of extracolonic findings leading to further work up or having an impact on therapy was higher for IV contrast-enhanced (31%; 22/72) than for non-enhanced (13%; 4/30) CT scans (P=0.12). IV contrast-enhanced CT colonography produced more extracolonic findings than non-enhanced CT colonography. A substantially greater proportion of findings on IV contrast-enhanced CT colonography led to further work up and treatment than did non-enhanced CT colonography.


Extracolonic findings Virtual colonoscopy CT colonography Abdominal CT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian Spreng
    • 1
  • Peter Netzer
    • 2
  • Joerg Mattich
    • 1
  • Hans-Peter Dinkel
    • 1
  • Peter Vock
    • 1
  • Hanno Hoppe
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, InselspitalUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Gastroenterology, InselspitalUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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