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International Journal of Inflammation
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 964720, 6 pages
Review Article

Ultrasound of the Small Bowel in Crohn’s Disease

Cattedra di Gastroenterologia, Dipartimento di Medicina, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome, Italy

Received 16 September 2011; Revised 24 November 2011; Accepted 9 December 2011

Academic Editor: Christoph Gasche

Copyright © 2012 Emma Calabrese et al. 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.


Several radiological and endoscopic techniques are now available for the study of inflammatory bowel diseases. In everyday practice, the choice of the technique to be used depends upon its availability and a careful evaluation of diagnostic accuracy, clinical usefulness, safety, and cost. The recent development of innovative and noninvasive imaging techniques has led to a new and exciting area in the exploration of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in Crohn’s disease patients by using ultrasound with oral or intravenous contrast.