ACR Appropriateness Criteria on suspected small-bowel obstruction

J Am Coll Radiol. 2006 Nov;3(11):838-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2006.09.018.


With no one generally accepted approach to evaluate patients with suspected small-bowel obstruction (SBO), standard CT has emerged as the preeminent imaging modality and should be considered in the initial evaluation of patients with suspected high-grade SBO. Playing less significant roles in the diagnosis of acute SBO are barium enemas and the small-bowel examination.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Public Health Practice / standards*
  • Radiography
  • Radiology / standards*
  • Societies, Medical*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • United States