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26. Picture of Diverticulitis

Picture of Diverticulitis
Image reprinted with permission from, 2008.

Diverticula are pouches that protrude beyond the colon wall due to areas of muscle weakness. Diverticula can be visualized on a barium x-ray, which is an x-ray that is taken after the administration of a barium enema. Problem areas in the colon can be further examined with the help of colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. If an infection or abscess in the colon is suspected, a doctor can order an abdominal CT scan or an ultrasound to visualize the area.

Image Source: Image reprinted with permission from, 2008.

Text Reference: "Diverticular Disease." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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