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Survey of Alimentary Radiology Findings in the North-east of Scotland Region (1967-70)

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 08 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:78

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  1. J. C. Petrie,
  2. C. D. Needham,
  3. L. A. Gillanders


    This report describes a survey of all barium contrast radiological examinations carried out in the years 1967-70 by the unit that serves 99% of the adult population of North-east Scotland. The survey method used yields useful estimates, not otherwise available, of the occurrence of some forms of alimentary lesions within a whole community. Rates of occurrence by age and sex were recorded for all lesions. The data on peptic ulceration, were compared with those from South-east and from North England, and this showed that duodenal, but not gastric, ulceration is much commoner in North-east Scotland. Occurrence rates for most lesions have been nearly unchanged throughout the four years of survey. The data provide a measure of the work load for these radiological examinations for a given population.