Imaging modalities in inflammatory bowel disease

Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 1999 Jun;28(2):391-421, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8553(05)70062-5.


This article provides an in-depth review of the radiologic and endoscopic imaging techniques used in the evaluation and management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The use of imaging studies to diagnose IBD and to differentiate ulcerative colitis from Crohn's disease is discussed. The evaluation of suspected complications associated with IBD, including strictures and fistulous disease, as well as surveillance for colorectal cancer are also addressed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde
  • Chronic Disease
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / diagnosis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Contrast Media
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Endosonography
  • Enema
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Contrast Media
  • Barium Sulfate