Sitz Marker Study

Your doctor has requested a Sitz Marker Study. The study is most often used with patients who are suffering from chronic constipation, for example less than two bowel movements per week. During the test tiny "markers" are used to see how fast food is moving through the intestines. At Cedars-Sinai we have a team of physicians, nurses and technologists who specialize in these procedures, and who are led by Richard Sukov, MD, Chief of Gastrointestinal Radiology.

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for a Sitz Marker Study?

Before Arriving for Your Procedure

You will pick up a capsule along with instructions for taking it from the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center. This capsule contains tiny markers which will show up on x-rays and let the doctors track their progress through your intestines.

You will be asked to make an appointment for you abdominal x-ray 5 days after you take the capsule.

During Your Procedure

It is important that you come back exactly 5 full days after you have taken the pill.

X-ray images will be taken of your abdomen to see if any of the "markers" are left in your colon or have been expelled.

After Your Procedure

Your study will be read by the imaging physician and results sent to your physician, usually within 48 hours. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

To request copies of your pictures on a PC and MAC compatible CD, or a copy of your report, call (310) 423-8000 and follow the prompts for your selection.

Directions and Parking Information 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (310) 423-8000.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.