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Contrast Ultrasound of the Small Intestine in Patients With Crohns Disease (KULT)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rune Wilkens, Regionshospitalet Silkeborg Identifier:
First received: May 27, 2011
Last updated: July 15, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
The purpose of this study is to determine how relevant dynamic ultrasound scans using contrast agents (SonoVue) is in the diagnosis of Crohns disease in the small bowel, compared to dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the small bowel.

Crohn Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Kontrast UltraLydsskanning af Tyndtarmen Hos Patienter Med Crohns Sygdom - et Pilotstudie. (Danish) Contrast Ultrasound of the Small Intestine in Patients With Crohns Disease - a Pilot Study (English)

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Further study details as provided by Rune Wilkens, Regionshospitalet Silkeborg:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Correlation between time-intensity curves of dynamic ultrasound and dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging [ Time Frame: up to 1 week ]
    Time intesity curves are obtained using intra venous contrast agents during Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans and Ultrasound examination of the small bowel

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Correlation between elastography scans of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound of the small bowel [ Time Frame: up to 1 week ]
  • Correlation between Doppler Score and Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound Score [ Time Frame: up to 1 week ]
    Doppler score (Limberg score) and Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound score are obtained during the same scanning procedure

  • Correlation between greatest bowel wall thickness and disease activity measured in Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging [ Time Frame: up to 1 week ]
  • Correlation between Ultrasound score and Faeces Calprotectin [ Time Frame: up to 2 months ]
  • Correlation between Crohns disease activity index and Ultrasound score [ Time Frame: up to 2 months ]

Enrollment: 5
Study Start Date: May 2011
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Crohn Disease
Patients with Crohns Disease referred to referred to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan.

Detailed Description:

Crohns disease (CD) is a lifelong chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) normally with an early debut. It requires continuous evaluation with either endoscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) or Wireless Capsule Endoscopy (WCE). These methods are either expensive, invasive or with uses radiation. Therefore UltraSound (US), as a cheap, fast and well tolerated examination of the small bowel are tested against the the validated MRI examination of the small bowel. Both examinations are using intra venous (i.v.) contrast agents. Obtained results are compared to disease activity.

Hypothesis is, that dynamic US is comparable to dynamic MRI and therefore should be the first examination of choice in evaluating patients with CD.

This study is a pilot study only.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients treated on Regional Hospital of Silkeborg.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with known Crohns Disease
  • 18 years old or older.
  • Referred to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan of the small bowel

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindications to or not suitable of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Liver transplant
  • nursing og pregnancy
  • Known Allergy of SonoVue
  • Acute Myocardial infarction < 4 weeks
  • Coronary angiography < 4 weeks
  • Electrocardiogram changes < 4 weeks
  • frequent and repetitive angina pectoris symptoms within the last week.
  • Heartfailure
  • serious arrhythmia
  • right to left heart shunt
  • Very high pulmonary artery pressure
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01365767

Aarhus University Hospital
Aarhus, Denmark, DK-8000
Medical department, Regional Hospital of Silkeborg
Silkeborg, Denmark, DK-8600
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rune Wilkens
Study Chair: Henning Glerup Region Hospital of Silkeborg
Principal Investigator: Rune Wilkens Region Hospital of Silkeborg
Principal Investigator: Lars B. Hansen Aarhus University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rune Wilkens, MD, Regionshospitalet Silkeborg Identifier: NCT01365767     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HGRWLBKULT1
2010-024528-12 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: May 27, 2011
Last Updated: July 15, 2013

Keywords provided by Rune Wilkens, Regionshospitalet Silkeborg:
Crohn disease
Ultrasonography, contrast enhanced
Elasticity Imaging Techniques
Small intestine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Crohn Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Intestinal Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017