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Clin Imaging. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):27-31.

Bowel wall enhancement in magnetic resonance colonography for assessing activity in Crohn's disease.

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Clinic of Radiology, Charité Campus Virchow-Clinic, University Medical Center Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany. rainer.roettgen@charite.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study focuses on the correlation of the signal intensity (SI) of the bowel wall in magnetic resonance (MR) colonography with the inflammation activity in Crohn's disease.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

We performed MR colonography in 42 patients and compared the change of the SI of the bowel wall (T1-weighted/paramagnetic contrast medium) with colonoscopic findings.

RESULTS:

Change of the SI and colonoscopically assessed inflammatory activity are significantly correlated (r=.676, P<or=.01).

CONCLUSION:

The degree of the contrast enhancement of the bowel wall may be a criterion for the degree of inflammation in Crohn's disease.

PMID:
16377481
DOI:
10.1016/j.clinimag.2005.07.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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