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Role of Imaging in Detecting Bowel Fibrosis and Bowel Damage

  • Cristiana BonifacioEmail author
  • Nicolò Gennaro
  • Gionata Fiorino
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Abstract

Imaging plays a key role in the comprehensive assessment of bowel structural damage. Radiology is fundamental to confirm the initial diagnosis and the extent of disease along the digestive tract. Moreover, imaging is a critical tool in the monitoring of the response to drug therapy. In this chapter, technique, indications and limitations of the major imaging methods used in the assessment of CD (ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging) are reviewed. A special focus is dedicated to the detection and quantification of bowel fibrosis and bowel wall damage with CT and MRI. Future perspectives are finally reviewed according to the latest developments in imaging technology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiana Bonifacio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicolò Gennaro
    • 2
  • Gionata Fiorino
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHumanitas Research HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Humanitas Research HospitalHumanitas University, Training School in RadiologyMilanItaly
  3. 3.IBD Center, Department of GastroenterologyHumanitas Research HospitalMilanItaly
  4. 4.Department of Biomedical SciencesHumanitas UniversityMilanItaly

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