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Australas Radiol. 2007 Oct;51(5):437-9.

Survey of the current practices for neonatal gastrointestinal contrast studies in Australia.

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Department of Neonatal Paediatrics, Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial Hospitals, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.


A wide range of contrast agents with varying osmolality (290-849 mmol/kg) and iodine content (150-370 mg/mL) are currently available for neonatal gastrointestinal contrast studies. A nationwide survey was hence conducted to identify current practices. A questionnaire was mailed to the 22 Australian neonatal units registered with the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network. Seventeen (72%) of the 22 units responded to the questionnaire and 54% had some guidelines for term neonates. No unit had a specific policy for preterm neonates. Seventy-seven per cent of the respondents used a contrast agent with a high osmolality. There was a wide variation in the volume and dilution of contrast used. Guidelines for gastrointestinal contrast studies in high-risk neonates are suggested.

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