Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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

  • Computerized tomography (CT) enterography and magnetic resonance (MR) enterography. Mayo Clinic researchers helped develop these noninvasive tests, which are more sensitive than conventional imaging for finding inflammation in the intestines. MR enterography is a radiation-free alternative.
  • Chromoendoscopy. Mayo Clinic doctors use this technology to screen for colorectal cancer, the most serious risk associated with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease involving the colon. Chromoendoscopy uses a spray dye to highlight abnormal tissue changes.
  • 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.
Feb. 18, 2015