CT enterography for Crohn’s disease: optimal technique and imaging issues

Mark E. Baker, Amy K. Hara, Joel F. Platt, Dean D.T. Maglinte, Joel G. Fletcher

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CT enterography (CTE) is a common examination for patients with Crohn’s disease. In order to achieve high quality, diagnostic images, proper technique is required. The purpose of this treatise is to review the processes and techniques that can optimize CTE for patients with suspected or known Crohn’s disease. We will review the following: (1) how to start a CT enterography program; (2) workflow issues, including patient and ordering physician education and preparation; (3) oral contrast media options and administration regimens; (4) intravenous contrast media injection for uniphasic and multiphasic studies; (5) CTE radiation dose reduction strategies and the use of iterative reconstruction in lower dose examinations; (6) image reconstruction and interpretation; (7) imaging Crohn’s patients in the acute or emergency department setting; (8) limitations of CTE as well as alternatives such as MRE or barium fluoroscopic examinations; and (9) dictation templates and a common nomenclature for reporting findings of CTE in Crohn’s disease. Many of the issues discussed are summarized in the Abdominal Radiology Society Consensus MDCT Enterography Acquisition Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-952
Number of pages15
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • CT Enterography
  • Technique and issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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