Radiographical evaluation of ulcerative colitis

Parakkal Deepak, David H. Bruining

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Abstract

Radiographical modalities have become important diagnostic tools in cases of ulcerative colitis (UC). Imaging can be used non-invasively to determine the extent of involvement, severity of disease and to detect disease-related complications and extra-intestinal inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) manifestations. While abdominal X-rays and barium enemas still retain their relevance in specific clinical settings, the use of computed tomography enterography (CTE) or magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) are now used as first-line investigations to exclude active small bowel disease in IBD patients and can be utilized to detect active colonic inflammation. Additionally, CT colonography and MR colonography are emerging techniques with potential applications in UC. Ultrasonography, leukocyte scintigraphy and positron emission tomography are novel abdominal imaging modalities currently being explored for IBD interrogations. This plethora of radiological imaging options has become a vital component of UC assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalGastroenterology Report
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

Keywords

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Radiographical evaluation
  • Ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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