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World J Radiol. Apr 28, 2010; 2(4): 113-121
Published online Apr 28, 2010. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v2.i4.113
Magnetic resonance enterography in Crohn’s disease: Standard and advanced techniques
Arda Kayhan, Jacob Oommen, Farid Dahi, Aytekin Oto
Arda Kayhan, Jacob Oommen, Farid Dahi, Aytekin Oto, Department of Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, United States
Author contributions: Kayhan A wrote the article; Oommen J and Oto A collected the patients in clinics (data collection); Oommen J organized the figures; Dahi F searched and organized the references; Oto A revised the article.
Correspondence to: Arda Kayhan, MD, Department of Radiology, University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, United States. arda_kayhan@yahoo.com
Telephone: +1-773-7028553 Fax: +1-773-7021161
Received: March 4, 2010
Revised: March 30, 2010
Accepted: April 12, 2010
Published online: April 28, 2010

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects mainly young people. The clinical management is based on the Crohn’s Disease Activity Index and especially on biologic parameters with or without additional endoscopic and imaging procedures, such as barium and computed tomography examinations. Recently, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been a promising diagnostic radiologic technique with lack of ionizing radiation, enabling superior tissue contrast resolution due to new pulse-sequence developments. Therefore, MR enterography has the potential to become the modality of choice for imaging the small bowel in CD patients.

Keywords: Crohn’s disease, Magnetic resonance enterography, Advantages, Pulse sequences, Advanced techniques