Emergency Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 307–317 | Cite as

Beyond appendicitis: ultrasound findings of acute bowel pathology

  • Jihee ChoeEmail author
  • Jeremy R. Wortman
  • Aya Michaels
  • Asha Sarma
  • Urvi P. Fulwadhva
  • Aaron D. Sodickson
Review Article


Bowel pathology is a common unexpected finding on routine abdominal and pelvic ultrasound. However, radiologists are often unfamiliar with the ultrasound appearance of the gastrointestinal tract due to the underutilization of ultrasound for bowel evaluation in the USA. The purpose of this article is to familiarize radiologists with the characteristic ultrasound features of a variety of bowel pathologies. Basic ultrasound technique for bowel evaluation, ultrasound appearance of normal bowel, and key ultrasound features of common acute bowel abnormalities will be reviewed.


Ultrasound Emergency Bowel Abdominal pain 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyBrigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyLahey Hospital and Medical CenterBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department RadiologyWeill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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