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Small-bowel follow-through

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A small-bowel follow-through, also called small-bowel series, is a radiologic examination of the small intestine from the distal duodenum/duodenojejunal junction to the ileocecal valve.[1]

An X-ray examination of the most proximal small bowel (duodenum) is typically done together with an examination of the esophagus and stomach and is called an upper GI series.


  • Person drinks radio-opaque contrast.
  • X-ray images of abdomen are made at timed intervals.


Pathology of the small bowel is uncommon. Therefore, upper GI and lower GI endoscopy is often done prior to small-bowel follow-through.

Categorically, the indications are:

  • Negative upper endoscopy and negative lower endoscopy
  • Investigation of a small bowel abnormality found on other medical imaging

Specific indications

See also


External links

  • Small bowel follow-through – University of Michigan

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