Ultrasonography as a primary diagnostic tool in patients with inflammatory disease and tumors of the small intestine and large bowel

J Clin Ultrasound. 1994 Feb;22(2):85-91. doi: 10.1002/jcu.1870220204.


In 240 patients with predefined indications, the validity of ultrasound imaging as a primary diagnostic procedure was examined prospectively. Ultrasonography revealed normal intestinal findings in 150 patients and pathological lesions in 90 subjects. All patients underwent subsequent endoscopic, radiological, or surgical examination. In 7 patients with Crohn's disease and in 2 patients with radiation colitis, the ultrasound findings were false-negative. In the other 9 cases, ultrasonography suggested false-positive results. Ultrasonographic examination of the small intestine and large bowel had a very high overall validity, with a sensitivity of 90% and specificity of 94%.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Colitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Enteritis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • False Negative Reactions
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intestine, Large / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intestine, Small / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Ultrasonography