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Inflammatory activity in Crohn’s disease: CE-US

Migaleddu, Vincenzo and Quaia, Emilio and Scanu, Domenico and Serra, Carla and Bertolotto, Michele and Campisi, Girolamo and Sirigu, Danilo and Virgilio, Giuseppe (2011) Inflammatory activity in Crohn’s disease: CE-US. Abdominal Imaging, Vol. 36 (2), p. 142-148. ISSN 0942-8925. eISSN 1432-0509. Article.

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DOI: 10.1007/s00261-010-9622-8


The evaluation of inflammatory activity in Crohn’s disease (CD), a crucial aspect of treatment planning and monitoring, is currently based on a sum of clinical data and imaging findings. Among the contrast enhanced cross-sectional imaging techniques (CE-US, CE-CT, CE-MR), CE-US is less invasive, more comfortable for the patient, and has significant diagnostic accuracy. In addition, it is a portable, easily repeatable, well tolerated, and ionizing radiation-free imaging modality. CE-US has been introduced as effective method in the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of CD inflammatory activity. CE-US might help in characterizing bowel-wall thickening by differentiating inflammatory neovascularisation, edema, and fibrosis. The recent chance to evaluate the bowel-wall stiffness by US elastography imaging could allow further assessment of fibrosis that characterizes the evolution of the inflammatory activity.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:6171
Uncontrolled Keywords:Crohn's disease, inflammatory activity, contrast media, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, CE-US
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/36 Diagnostica per immagini e radioterapia
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > SMIRG-Sardinian Mediterranean Imaging Research Group, Sassari
Publisher:Springer New York
Copyright Holders:© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
Deposited On:21 Jun 2011 11:35

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