Radiology of colorectal cancer

M. E J Pijl, A. S. Chaoui, R. L. Wahl, J. A. Van Oostayen

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Abstract

In the past 20 years, the radiology of colorectal cancer has evolved from the barium enema to advanced imaging modalities like phased array magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), virtual colonoscopy and positron emission tomography (PET). Nowadays, primary rectal cancers are preferably imaged with transrectal ultrasound or MRI, while barium enema is still the most often used technique for imaging of colonic cancers. Virtual colonoscopy is rapidly evolving and might considerably change the imaging of colorectal cancer in the near future. The use of virtual colonoscopy for screening purposes and imaging of the colon in occlusive cancer or incomplete colonoscopies is currently under evaluation. The main role of PET is in detecting tumour recurrences, both locally and distantly. Techniques to fuse cross-sectional anatomical (computer tomography (CT) and MRI) and functional (PET) images are being developed. Apart from diagnostic imaging, the radiologists has added image-guided minimally invasive treatments of colorectal liver metastases to their arsenal. The radio-frequency ablation technique is now widely available, and can be used during laparotomy or percutaneously in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-898
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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Computed Tomographic Colonography
Radiology
Positron-Emission Tomography
Colorectal Neoplasms
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Ablation Techniques
Diagnostic Imaging
Colonoscopy
Rectal Neoplasms
Radio
Colonic Neoplasms
Laparotomy
Neoplasms
Colon
Tomography
Neoplasm Metastasis
Recurrence
Liver
Barium Enema
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Colorectal
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Radiology
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Pijl, M. E. J., Chaoui, A. S., Wahl, R. L., & Van Oostayen, J. A. (2002). Radiology of colorectal cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 38(7), 887-898. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049(02)00052-7

Radiology of colorectal cancer. / Pijl, M. E J; Chaoui, A. S.; Wahl, R. L.; Van Oostayen, J. A.

In: European Journal of Cancer, Vol. 38, No. 7, 2002, p. 887-898.

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Pijl, MEJ, Chaoui, AS, Wahl, RL & Van Oostayen, JA 2002, 'Radiology of colorectal cancer', European Journal of Cancer, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 887-898. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049(02)00052-7
Pijl MEJ, Chaoui AS, Wahl RL, Van Oostayen JA. Radiology of colorectal cancer. European Journal of Cancer. 2002;38(7):887-898. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049(02)00052-7
Pijl, M. E J ; Chaoui, A. S. ; Wahl, R. L. ; Van Oostayen, J. A. / Radiology of colorectal cancer. In: European Journal of Cancer. 2002 ; Vol. 38, No. 7. pp. 887-898.
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