Survey of the current practices for neonatal gastrointestinal contrast studies in Australia

Australas Radiol. 2007 Oct;51(5):437-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2007.01867.x.


A wide range of contrast agents with varying osmolality (290-849 mmol/kg) and iodine content (150-370 mg/mL) are currently available for neonatal gastrointestinal contrast studies. A nationwide survey was hence conducted to identify current practices. A questionnaire was mailed to the 22 Australian neonatal units registered with the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network. Seventeen (72%) of the 22 units responded to the questionnaire and 54% had some guidelines for term neonates. No unit had a specific policy for preterm neonates. Seventy-seven per cent of the respondents used a contrast agent with a high osmolality. There was a wide variation in the volume and dilution of contrast used. Guidelines for gastrointestinal contrast studies in high-risk neonates are suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Contrast Media / administration & dosage*
  • Contrast Media / chemistry
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Contrast Media