Are patients with complicated Crohn disease at increased risk for excessive radiation exposure from multiple radiologic studies?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Many centers favor judicious use of imaging and employ low-radiation protocols where possible, especially in younger individuals. Patients with complicated Crohn disease who undergo multiple radiologic examinations may be at risk for cumulative exposure to potentially excessive amounts of diagnostic radiation. [61, 62, 63, 64] Ultrasonography and MRI can be used as adjunct studies if radiation exposure is an issue in monitoring disease activity.


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