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Simple models may help to study the complex relations between gut wall configuration and flow of luminal contents: speculation on the function of the colonic haustrations
Author(s): Bruce P. Brown
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Paper Abstract

Study of the motility of the gut and flow in the gut lumen is complex. We have used simple models of the colon to suggest that focal, segmental narrowing of the lumen of a large-bore tube produces an increase in distance traveled by solids and liquids compared to a tube of the same volume which has smooth cylindrical walls. This suggests that the colonic septae may promote efficient transit of solids and liquids even in an organ with large diameter.

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Date Published: 24 May 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2433, Medical Imaging 1995: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images, (24 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209709
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Bruce P. Brown, Univ. of Iowa College of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2433:
Medical Imaging 1995: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images
Eric A. Hoffman, Editor(s)

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