A 2007 study by University of Michigan gastroenterologist Dr. Peter D.R. Higgins showcases the diagnostic power of CT enterography (CTE) for evaluating small bowel Crohn's disease.

Higgins concluded that CTE offered complementary information about symptoms of obstruction in Crohn's disease (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, March 2007; Vol. 14:3, pp. 262-268).

The following images from Higgins' study illustrate some of the clinically relevant findings about Crohn's disease that can be made with CTE.

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Left: Mucosal enhancement. Right: Increased mesenteric vascularity.

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Left: Bowel wall thickening. Right: Extraluminal fluid.

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Left: Mesenteric stranding. Right: Extraluminal gas.

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Left: Fatty proliferation. Right: Lymph node enlargement.

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Left: Feces sign. Right: Bowel fat.

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Patient with active ileocolonic Crohn's disease
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Patient with active ileocolonic Crohn's disease.

MR enterography detection of active inflammation and fibrosis
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MR enterography detection of active
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