Radiologic investigations complement and add diagnostic information to capsule endoscopy of small-bowel diseases

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Aug;189(2):306-12. doi: 10.2214/AJR.07.2253.


Objective: The purpose of our study was to review how commonly performed radiologic examinations compare with capsule endoscopy in the investigation of small-bowel diseases, to analyze the limitations of capsule imaging, and to propose an algorithm for use of specific radiologic examinations to complement wireless capsule endoscopy.

Conclusion: The diagnostic yield of capsule endoscopy is superior to that of radiologic examinations except air double-contrast enteroclysis for mucosal details. Radiologic investigations find new applications in clinical practice by complementing capsule endoscopy to overcome its limitations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Capsule Endoscopy*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestine, Small*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*