Colostomy on CT and fluoroscopy: What the radiologist needs to know

Shari Friedman, Zina J Ricci, Marjorie W Stein, Ellen L Wolf, Tulay Ekinci, Fernanda S Mazzariol, Mariya Kobi
Clinical Imaging 2019 February 20, 56: 17-27
Colostomies are commonly created in conjunction with colorectal surgery performed for both malignant and benign indications. Familiarity with the different types of colostomies and their normal imaging appearance will improve radiologic detection and characterization of colostomy complications. The radiologist plays a large role in assessment of colostomy patients either via fluoroscopic technique or multidetector computed tomography (CT) in order to help identify ostomy complications or to aid the surgeon prior to colostomy reversal. In this article, we will review: (1) the types of colostomies and indications for their creation; (2) the proper radiographic technique of ostomy evaluation; and (3) the potential complications of colostomies and their imaging manifestations.

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