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Imaging techniques for assessment of inflammatory bowel disease: Joint ECCO and ESGAR evidence-based consensus guidelines

1 IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer
2 CIBERehd - Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red en el Área temática de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas
3 Service de Gastroentérologie [Hôpital Beaujon]
4 Department Internal Medicine III [Medizinische Universität Wien]
5 AMC - Academic Medical Center - Academisch Medisch Centrum [Amsterdam]
6 UCLH - University College London Hospitals
7 Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK)
8 Department of Gastroenterology [Humanitas Research Hospital]
9 UH Cleveland Medical Center - University Hospitals Case Medical Center
10 ULB - Hôpital Erasme [Bruxelles]
11 NGERE - Nutrition-Génétique et Exposition aux Risques Environnementaux
12 Service d'Hépato-gastro-entérologie [CHRU Nancy]
13 Vall d'Hebron University Hospital [Barcelona]
14 University hospital of Zurich [Zurich]
15 Mt. Sinai Hospital [Toronto, Canada]
16 ICPS - University Hospital L. Sacco
17 Department of Radiology [Medizinische Universität Wien]
18 Department of Radiological Oncologic and Pathologic Sciences
19 Department of Internal Medicine
20 University of Naples Federico II = Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II
21 Heidelberg University Hospital [Heidelberg]
22 Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli = Second University of Naples
23 Städtisches Klinikum Lüneburg
24 Hospital de São João [Porto]
25 Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Hospitalet de Llobregat
26 Hospital of Treviso
27 Castle Hill Hospital, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
28 Nuclear Medicine Unit [Sapienza Roma]
29 LGI - Leeds General Infirmary
30 Medical Center Alkmaar
Y. Bouhnik
A. Taylor
G. Morana
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D. Tolan
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B. Wiarda
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The management of patients with IBD requires evaluation with objective tools, both at the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of the disease, to determine the location, extension, activity and severity of inflammatory lesions, as well as, the potential existence of complications. Whereas endoscopy is a well-established and uniformly performed diagnostic examination, the implementation of radiologic techniques for assessment of IBD is still heterogeneous; variations in technical aspects and the degrees of experience and preferences exist across countries in Europe. ECCO and ESGAR scientific societies jointly elaborated a consensus to establish standards for imaging in IBD using magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasonography, and including also other radiologic procedures such as conventional radiology or nuclear medicine examinations for different clinical situations that include general principles, upper GI tract, colon and rectum, perineum, liver and biliary tract, emergency situation, and the postoperative setting. The statements and general recommendations of this consensus are based on the highest level of evidence available, but significant gaps remain in certain areas such as the comparison of diagnostic accuracy between different techniques, the value for therapeutic monitoring, and the prognostic implications of particular findings.

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hal-01704202 , version 1 (08-02-2018)



J. Panes, Y. Bouhnik, W. Reinisch, J. Stoker, A. Taylor, et al.. Imaging techniques for assessment of inflammatory bowel disease: Joint ECCO and ESGAR evidence-based consensus guidelines. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, 2013, 7 (7), pp.556 - 585. ⟨10.1016/j.crohns.2013.02.020⟩. ⟨hal-01704202⟩
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