Recent advances in small-bowel imaging: a review

Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2001 Mar;17(2):132-139. doi: 10.1097/00001574-200103000-00006.


This review outlines technical advances in imaging of the small bowel. These include enhancement characteristics of normal bowel mucosa in computed tomography, contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging, contrast ultrasonography, small-bowel transit measurements by radionuclide imaging, and enteroscopy. Subsequently, the application of these in clinical problem areas, including small-bowel obstruction, bleeding, and Crohn and celiac disease, will indicate the excellent potential of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and enteroscopy in particular.