Bowel wall enhancement in magnetic resonance colonography for assessing activity in Crohn's disease

Clin Imaging. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):27-31. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2005.07.031.


Background: This study focuses on the correlation of the signal intensity (SI) of the bowel wall in magnetic resonance (MR) colonography with the inflammation activity in Crohn's disease.

Material and methods: We performed MR colonography in 42 patients and compared the change of the SI of the bowel wall (T1-weighted/paramagnetic contrast medium) with colonoscopic findings.

Results: Change of the SI and colonoscopically assessed inflammatory activity are significantly correlated (r=.676, P<or=.01).

Conclusion: The degree of the contrast enhancement of the bowel wall may be a criterion for the degree of inflammation in Crohn's disease.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colon / pathology*
  • Colon / physiopathology
  • Colonoscopy
  • Contrast Media
  • Crohn Disease / pathology*
  • Crohn Disease / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Contrast Media