SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Occluded intestine, X-ray. This front-on abdominal X-ray was taken without any prior preparation, and shows part of the small intestine (black). It appears this way as the normal passage of food through the intestine has been blocked. This may be due to cancer, twisting of the intestine, an injury or an infection. Treatment depends on the cause.
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