Normal Gastrointestinal Tract

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Transcutaneous sonography allows the evaluation of almost all tracts of the gut. The main characteristics of the gastrointestinal tract, in particular the features of its wall, intraluminal content, and extraintestinal findings, may be assessed from the upper esophagus to the rectum, with the exception of the intrathoracic esophagus, which is not accessible to the transcutaneous ultrasound beam. This chapter describes technical approaches to intestinal ultrasound examination and main ultrasonographic findings of the normal gastrointestinal tract.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caterina Rigazio
    • 1
  • Elena Ercole
    • 1
  • Giovanni Maconi
    • 2
  1. 1.Gastroenterology DivisionInflammatory Bowel Disease CentreTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Sciences“L. Sacco” University HospitalMilanItaly

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