The diagnostic role of magnetic resonance enterography in crohn's disease: An updated review of techniques, interpretation, and application

Hina Arif-Tiwari, Bobby Kalb, Surya Chundru, James Costello, Cary G. Sauer, Diego R. Martin, Fayez Ghishan, Steve Goldschmid

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Abstract

Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic illness characterized by transmural involvement of the bowel wall and mainly affects young adults. Currently, computed tomography enterography (CTE) and magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) are the only 2 imaging modalities that can visualize submucosal tissues throughout the small bowel. Although CT is highly utilized for evaluating CD, in the authors' experience, it does not match MRE for producing the soft-tissue contrast to reliably differentiate between inflammation and chronic fibrotic changes. The authors note that MRE more accurately monitors the effects of medical therapy and triaging patients for surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Radiology
Volume42
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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