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VON ATZINGEN, Augusto Castelli et al. Common findings and pseudolesions at computed tomography colonography: pictorial essay. Radiol Bras [online]. 2012, vol.45, n.3, pp. 160-166. ISSN 0100-3984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-39842012000300008.
Computed tomography colonography is a minimally invasive method for screening for polyps and colorectal cancer, with extremely unusual complications, increasingly used in the clinical practice. In the last decade, developments in bowel preparation, imaging, and in the training of investigators have determined a significant increase in the method sensitivity. Images interpretation is accomplished through a combined analysis of two-dimensional source images and several types of three-dimensional renderings, with sensitivity around 96% in the detection of lesions with dimensions equal or greater than 10 mm in size, when analyzed by experienced radiologists. The present pictorial essay includes examples of diseases and pseudolesions most frequently observed in this type of imaging study. The authors present examples of flat and polypoid lesions, benign and malignant lesions, diverticular disease of the colon, among other conditions, as well as pseudolesions, including those related to inappropriate bowel preparation and misinterpretation.
Keywords : Colonography; Computed tomography; Colorectal neoplasm; Colonic polyps.