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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 502198, 7 pages
Review Article

Small Bowel Imaging in Managing Crohn’s Disease Patients

Department of Medicine I, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany

Received 12 September 2011; Accepted 29 November 2011

Academic Editor: P. Gionchetti

Copyright © 2012 Jörg G. Albert. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The small bowel is essential to sustain alimentation and small bowel Crohn's disease (CD) may severely limit its function. Small bowel imaging is a crucial element in diagnosing small bowel CD, and treatment control with imaging is increasingly used to optimize the patients outcome. Thereby, capsule endoscopy, Balloon-assisted enteroscopy, and Magnetic resonance imaging have become key players to manage CD patients. In this review, role of small bowel imaging is detailed discussed for use in diagnosing and managing Crohn's disease patients.