Nuclear medicine imaging of inflammatory bowel disease

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Abstract

There has been considerable interest in developing radionuclide techniques for identifying the presence as well as sites of inflammatory bowel disease (that is, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). The results have been extremely positive in identifying sites of involvement, and there has been success in separating inflammatory bowel disease from accompanying abscesses. This ability to identify sites in the colon of patients with severe intercurrent disease is a significant advancement over barium radiography and endoscopy. Newer techniques, currently being developed, may further enhance the availability and role of radionuclide techniques in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-141
Number of pages9
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Volume25
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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