Which MRI Score and Technique Should Be Used for Assessing Crohn's Disease Activity?

Ferdinando D'Amico, Thomas Chateau, Valérie Laurent, Silvio Danese, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet

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Abstract

Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography is assuming an increasingly important and central role in the management of patients with Crohn's disease, as it is not only involved in diagnosis and staging of the disease but also allows for patients' follow-up, evaluating the response to therapy, and predicting disease outcomes. Several MR scores have been developed but unfortunately there is no globally accepted score. The most widely used scores are the Magnetic Resonance Index of Activity (MaRIA) score, the London score, the Nancy score, and the Clermont score; however, there are multiple differences between these tools in terms of the assessed radiological items, fasting, administration of oral or intravenous contrast, and the use of diffusion-weighted images. Here we reviewed the main characteristics of each MR scoring system to clarify which is the most appropriate score for monitoring disease activity in both clinical practice and clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2 2020

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