Functional imaging: Bowel applications

Author(s): Alok Arya, Nyree Griffin, Sofia Gourtsoyianni, Vicky Goh

Hospital: Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London

Reference: RAD Magazine, 40, 469, 13-15


With recent technological advances, functional and molecular imaging techniques are now available in clinical practice, which have the potential to improve the management of patients with intestinal diseases. These include 18Fflurodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI or CT, complementing high resolution anatomical imaging. This article discusses the potential role of such techniques in the bowel.

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