MR enterography in Crohns disease: A perspective on methodology, interpretation and utility

Diego R. Martin, James Costello, Bobby Kalb, Cary Sauer, Steve Goldschmid

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This article reviews MR enterography (MRE), contrasts MRE to other available tests and provides recommendations for optimal use of MRE in the clinical management of Crohns disease. A review of Crohns disease and diagnostic approaches is introduced. MRE is described from a historical perspective, and a technical approach with key essential elements vital to optimal diagnostic yield is described. MRE is contrasted to disease activity index, capsule and optical endoscopy, small bowel follow-through or enteroclysis, and CT enterography. Key patterns of findings on MRE in correlation with pathological relationships are summarized. Recommendations for clinical use of MRE are then provided, including how to use MRE to direct therapeutic management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-342
Number of pages14
JournalImaging in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • MR enterography
  • MRI
  • adult Crohns disease
  • enteroclysis
  • magnetic resonance enterography
  • pediatric Crohns disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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