Fecalization as predictor of treatment algorithm for small bowel obstruction:
The small intestine is an important part of digestive track that takes in all the nutrients from the food we eat, so what happens when it gets blocked? How do we know how much it’s blocked, where it’s blocked and what’s the best way to treat it? In order to properly diagnose these obstructions known as “small bowel obstructions”, imaging technology such as CAT scans are used to get a visual on what’s inside the small intestine. These scanned images often contain characteristic signs that can give a physician vital information on the obstruction if their value as a sign is thoroughly understood. These signs are confirmed as indicative after researching their occurrence and value in relation to observed small bowel obstructions.
Our goal is to assess these signs by examining CT scans of previous patients to see if there is a connection between certain signs on, the obstruction found and the treatment needed. In particular, we are examining what is known as the “small bowel feces sign” or “focalization” to see its potential as a predictor of treatment. We hope to shed more light on this sign in the efforts to make a diagnosis and medical intervention more efficient and effective.