Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Mayo Clinic researchers helped develop advanced imaging techniques that make it possible for doctors to thoroughly inspect the small bowel.

Besides the usual tests, the following tests are available at Mayo Clinic:

  • MR and CT enterography. Mayo Clinic researchers helped develop these noninvasive tests, which are more sensitive than conventional imaging for finding inflammation in the intestines. These tests can also diagnose pockets of bacterial infection (abscesses) and abnormal tunnels that develop between loops of intestine or between the intestine and other organs (fistulas).
  • Balloon-assisted enteroscopy. Mayo Clinic doctors may use this test to look for sources of bleeding that can't be found by other methods. After you are sedated, a scope equipped with two balloons is inserted through your mouth into your digestive tract. The balloons inflate and provide a clear view inside folds of tissue.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound. An ultrasound probe attached to an endoscope allows doctors to examine the wall of the intestine. It's helpful for finding fistulas and looking for complications such as abscesses in the perianal area.
Aug. 14, 2014