PET/CT fleshes out extent of inflammatory bowel disease

March 28, 2013

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are conventionally evaluated with endoscopy and histology, but imaging with 18F-FDG PET/CT could provide a more thorough picture of intestinal inflammation, according to a study published in the March edition of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Dominik Bettenworth, MD, from University of Münster’s Department of Medicine in Münster, Germany, and colleagues described how 18-F FDG PET/CT imaging provides a non-invasive means of evaluating patients with inflammatory bowel conditions by quantifying increased metabolic activity in diseased areas of the colon.