Role of CT colonography in inflammatory bowel disease

Daniele Regge, Emanuele Neri, Francesca Turini, Gabriele Chiara

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Abstract

CT colonography (CTC), or virtual colonoscopy, is a non-invasive imaging method that uses CT data sets combined with specialized imaging software to examine the colon. CTC is not used routinely in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, investigating contemporarily the colon, other abdominal organs and the peritoneum with CTC is at times useful in patients with IBD, especially when other diagnostic tools fail. Furthermore, since symptoms of colorectal cancer sometimes superimpose to those of inflammatory disease, it may happen to image patients with IBD incidentally. If clinical signs are suggestive for inflammatory disease, exam technique should be modified accordingly and distinguishing radiological findings searched for.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Colon cancer
  • CT colonography
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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