Measurement of colonic transit time using radionuclide imaging: analysis by condensed images

Nucl Med Commun. 1993 Mar;14(3):204-11. doi: 10.1097/00006231-199303000-00010.


A polymer-coated capsule has been used in eight volunteer subjects to deliver 111In-resin into the ileocaecal region. The images were acquired for up to 3 days to follow transit through the colon. Expressing the results of individual studies is difficult and time-activity curves for each region are confusing. Calculation of the geometric centre indicates only where the middle of the activity has reached. We describe a new method of presenting colonic transit data as parametric images. The parametric images show the amount of activity in each area of interest as the study progresses. This is readily understood and allows segmental movement of the isotope, either forward or retrograde, to be examined. The geometric mean of activity in four areas of the colon were also calculated. Four hours after reaching the ileocaecal region, 65% (S.D. 24%) of the activity was in the caecum and 26% (S.D. 20%) in the transverse colon. By 24 h three controls had excreted most of the activity, in two the activity was mainly in the rectum and in two there was still some activity in the transverse colon. A protocol for colonic transit studies, problems with analysis and a new method of presentation of data are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Acrylic Resins
  • Adult
  • Capsules
  • Colon / diagnostic imaging
  • Colon / physiology*
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Transit*
  • Humans
  • Indium Radioisotopes* / administration & dosage
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymethacrylic Acids
  • Radionuclide Imaging


  • Acrylic Resins
  • Capsules
  • Indium Radioisotopes
  • Polymethacrylic Acids
  • methylmethacrylate-methacrylic acid copolymer