Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Edward J. DespottEmail author
  • Chris Fraser


Small bowel (SB) imaging plays a key role in the investigation and management of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Assessment of the SB forms part of the diagnostic process in patients suspected of having enteral inflammatory lesions and remains essential for the evaluation of disease activity in patients with an established diagnosis of Crohn’s disease (CD). Revolutionary advances in SB endoscopic technologies seen over the last decade have been paralleled by similar progress in the field of dedicated SB cross-sectional imaging. This chapter reviews the evidence base relating to these SB imaging technologies in the setting of IBD and evaluates their relative roles and their impact on outcomes within this clinical paradigm.


Idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease IBD Ulcerative colitis (UC) Crohn’s disease (CD) Small bowel capsule endoscopy (SBCE) Device-assisted enteroscopy (DAE) 



E. J. Despott has received education and research grants from Aquilant Medical (UK), Fujifilm and Keymed-Olympus.

Supplementary material

Video 10.1

CD SB lesions of varying severity. Video: Prof. O. Epstein, Ms. H. Palmer, Dr. M. I. Hamilton and Dr. E. J. Despott, Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (WMV 5,731 kb)

Video 10.2

CD SB lesions of varying severity. Video: Prof. O. Epstein, Ms. H. Palmer, Dr. M. I. Hamilton and Dr. E. J. Despott, Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (WMV 2,919 kb)

Video 10.3

CD SB lesions of varying severity. Video: Prof. O. Epstein, Ms. H. Palmer, Dr. M. I. Hamilton and Dr. E. J. Despott, Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (WMV 4,653 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Free Unit for Endoscopy, Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, Royal Free HospitalUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Liver and Digestive DisordersRoyal Infirmary of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Wolfson Unit for EndoscopySt. Mark’s Hospital and Academic InstituteHarrowUK

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