New concepts in intestinal imaging for inflammatory bowel diseases

Joel G. Fletcher, Jeff L. Fidler, David H. Bruining, James E. Huprich

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In the last decade, multiple imaging technologies have been developed that improve visualization of the mucosal, mural, and perienteric inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. Whereas these technologies have traditionally been used to detect and stage suspected enteric inflammation, we review new, emerging roles in detecting clinically occult inflammation (in asymptomatic patients) and inflammatory complications, predicting response prior to therapy, assessing response after therapy, and enteric healing. We compare the relative performance of these technologies in detecting inflammation, focusing on their advantages and disadvantages and how they might complement each other. We also discuss their potential benefits for patients and clinical trials, reviewing technologic developments and areas of research that could provide important insights into the pathophysiology of inflammatory bowel diseases-related enteric inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1795-1806.e7
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Crohn's Disease
  • Enterography
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Intestinal Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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