European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR): consensus statement on CT colonography

Eur Radiol. 2007 Feb;17(2):575-9. doi: 10.1007/s00330-006-0407-y.


Rapid clinical dissemination of CT colonography (CTC) is occurring in parallel with continued research into technique optimisation and diagnostic performance. A need exists therefore for current guidance as to basic prerequisites for effective clinical implementation. A questionnaire detailing CTC technique, analysis, training and clinical implementation was developed by the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) CTC committee and circulated to all faculty members of previous ESGAR "hands-on" CTC training courses. Responses were collated and a consensus statement produced. Of 27 invited to participate, 24 responded. Reasonable consensus was reached on bowel preparation, colonic distension, patient positioning, use of IV contrast and optimal scan parameters. Both primary 2D and primary 3D analysis were advocated equally, with some evidence that more experienced readers prefer primary 2D. Training was universally recommended, although there was no consensus regarding minimum requirements. CTC was thought superior to barium enema, although recommended for screening only in the presence of validated local experience. There was consensus that polyps 4 mm or less could be ignored assuming agreement from local gastroenterological colleagues. There is increasing consensus amongst European experts as to the current best practice in CTC.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Colonic Polyps / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonography, Computed Tomographic* / methods
  • Colonography, Computed Tomographic* / standards
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Consensus*
  • Contrast Media
  • Europe
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Gastroenterology* / education
  • Gastroenterology* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / standards
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Mass Screening / standards
  • Professional Practice / standards
  • Radiography, Abdominal*
  • Radiology, Interventional* / education
  • Radiology, Interventional* / organization & administration
  • Societies, Medical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Contrast Media