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Review Article

Small Bowel Imaging in Managing Crohn’s Disease Patients

Table 4

Comparing pros and cons of CT versus MRI in use in Crohn’s disease patients; CT-enterography/CT-enteroclysis (CT-E) or MR-enterography/MR-enteroclysis (MR-E).


High resolution in contrast-rich objects (e.g., bone versus parenchyma)Excellent contrast in soft tissues; contrast uptake into tissues is well visualized
Fast acquisition time, minor motion artifactsIncreased acquisition time, prone to motion artifacts
Widely spread techniqueHigher cost and less available
Abdomen and pelvis are a one-step investigationAbdomen/pelvis are usually different examination protocols
Radiation exposureNo radiation exposure
Specific side effects of contrast mediumSpecific side effects of contrast medium
Restriction in pace-maker patients and so forth

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