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Intestinal ultrasound in inflammatory bowel disease: A novel and increasingly important tool

 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Mackay Memorial Hospital; Mackay Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management; Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan

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Horng-Yuan Wang,
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, No. 92, Sec. 2, Chung-Shan North Road, Taipei
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New and efficacious medical therapies have become available that have greatly enhanced clinicians' ability to manage inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). IBD activity should be assessed regularly in scheduled examinations as the part of a treat-to-target strategy for IBD care. The gold-standard approach to investigating IBD is colonoscopy, but this is an invasive procedure. Intestinal ultrasound (IUS) has played a crucial role in recent years regarding the assessment of IBD activity because it is noninvasive, safe, reproducible, and inexpensive. IUS findings could inform changes in therapeutic interventions for IBDs; this would necessitate fewer endoscopies and enable faster decision-making processes. Furthermore, patients are accepting and tolerant of IUS examinations. This review outlines the current evidence and gives indication regarding the use of IUS in the management of IBDs.

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