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Ultrasound use to assess Crohn’s disease in the UK: a survey of British Society of Gastroenterology Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group members

Radford, Shellie J.; Taylor, Stuart A.; Moran, Gordon


Shellie J. Radford

Stuart A. Taylor

Clinical Associate Professor


Background: Small bowel ultrasound has very good diagnostic accuracy for disease extent, presence and activity in Crohn's Disease, is well tolerated by patients and is cheaper when compared with MRI. However, uptake of ultrasound in the UK is limited. Methods: An online survey to assess the current usage of ultrasound throughout the UK was undertaken by BSG IBD group members between 9/06/2021-25/06/2021. Responses were anonymous. Results: 103 responses were included in the data analysis. Responses came from 66 different NHS trusts from 14 different regions of the UK. All respondents reported that they currently have an MRI service for Crohn's disease, whereas only 31 had an ultrasound service. Average time for results to be reported for MRI scans was reported as between 4-and 6 weeks, with a range of 2 days to 28 weeks. The average time for an ultrasound to be reported was stated as 1-4 weeks, with a range of 0-8 weeks. There was disparity between the reported confidence of clinicians making clinical decisions when using ultrasound compared to MRI. Of those respondents who did not have access to an ultrasound service, 72 stated that they would be interested in developing an ultrasound service. Conclusion: There is an appetite for the uptake of ultrasound in the UK for assessment of Crohn's disease, however, there remains a significant number of UK centres with little or no access to an ultrasound service. Further research is necessary to understand why this is the case.


Radford, S. J., Taylor, S. A., & Moran, G. (2022). Ultrasound use to assess Crohn’s disease in the UK: a survey of British Society of Gastroenterology Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group members. Frontline Gastroenterology, 13(6), 471-476.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 19, 2022
Journal Frontline Gastroenterology
Print ISSN 2041-4137
Electronic ISSN 2041-4145
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 6
Pages 471-476
Keywords Crohn’s Disease, Ultrasound
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