Background: Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) are two varieties of inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD). Clinicians need a monitoring technique in the IBD. The disease activity can be assessed with endoscopy, activity
indexes, and imaging techniques. Color Doppler US (CDUS) is also a non-invasive, radiation, and contrast material free
examination which shows the intramural blood flow.
Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of B-mode, CDUS, and a newly developed software Color Quantification (CQ) to
determine the activity of the IBD.
Methods: The disease activity was assessed by clinical activity indexes. Caecum, terminal ileum, ascending colon,
transverse colon, and descending colon were evaluated by B-mode, CDUS, and the CQ. Bowel wall thickness (BWT),
loss of bowel stratification, loss of haustration, and the presence of enlarged lymph nodes, mesenteric masses, abscesses,
fistula, visual vascular signal patterns of the bowel as “hypo and hyper-flow” and the CQ values were investigated. BWT
compared with laboratory results and clinical activities. Vascular signal patterns and the CQ values compared with BWT
and clinical activity. The diagnostic performances of the CQ were investigated.
Results: Fifty-two patients with IBD were evaluated. Patients with increased BWT at the transverse colon had increased
frequency of “hyper-flow” pattern. Clinically active patients had increased incidence of “hyper-flow” pattern at the
terminal ileum, ascending colon, and whole segments. They had increased CQ values at the terminal ileum, ascending
colon, and descending colon, and whole segments. A cut-off value for the CQ (24.7%) was obtained at the terminal ileum.
In the diagnostic performances of CQ, we observed utilities significantly at the ascending colon, descending colon,
terminal ileum, and whole segments. There was a positive correlation between the CQ values and BWT at the caecum,
ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon.
Conclusion: Increased visual vascular signal scores and CQ values might be useful for monitoring the disease activity in
patients with IBD.