The negative contrast of the gas pattern outlining the stomach and the perigastric fat on the plain film of the abdomen are utilized to evaluate the borders of the gastric wall. A localized narrowing or a filling defect of the gas column, or a soft mass protruding from the gastric wall often furnish clues to the correct diagnosis and result in further diagnostic efforts, such as barium studies, cytology and gastroscopy. Therefore, the simple plain film of the abdomen which has a high potential for yielding important information, should be the first step in every radiologic work up of the abdomen. This will decrease the burden on the department of radiology and the period of hospitalization for diagnosis will be shortened.
|State||Published - 1973|