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Updates on the role of imaging in the assessment of crohn's disease

 Department of Radiology, Thumbay Clinic, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

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Mohamed Walaaeldin Elfaal,
Department of Radiology, Thumbay Clinic, Ajman
United Arab Emirates
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DOI: 10.4103/2227-2437.236270

As initial studies reported that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was useful for the evaluation of the small intestine, this modality has become increasingly important in the diagnosis, assessment and exclusion of small bowel disease. The use of MRI for the assessment of inflammatory bowel disease is increasing, at the expense of the current primary imaging modality and computed tomography (CT) enterography. MRI has many advantages over CT, including a lack of radiation exposure, lower prevalence of adverse events, availability of dynamic information, higher resolution and better soft-tissue contrast. New MRI techniques, including diffusion-weighted imaging, spectroscopy, motility study, positron-emission tomography-MRI and molecular imaging, are currently under investigation to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and management of the disease.

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