Which imaging studies are useful for Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Imaging modalities used for Crohn disease include the following:

  • Plain abdominal radiography

  • Barium contrast studies (eg, small bowel follow-through, barium enema, enteroclysis)

  • CT scanning of the abdomen

  • CT enterography or magnetic resonance enterography: Replacing small bowel follow-through studies

  • MRI of the pelvis

  • Abdominal and/or endoscopic ultrasonography

  • Nuclear imaging (eg, technetium-99m hexamethyl propylene amine oxime, indium-111)

  • Fluorine-18-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose scanning combined with positron emission tomography or CT scanning

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