Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Mayo Clinic doctors start with a complete medical history and physical examination. This exam may be enough to diagnose radiation enteritis.

Mayo doctors also use these tests to look for intestinal damage:

  • Endoscopy. This test inspects the upper part of the small intestine.
  • Colonoscopy. This test inspects your lower small intestine.
  • Capsule endoscopy. You swallow a small pill that contains a video camera, which transmits images of your small intestine to a recording device. Capsule endoscopy can image problems in the small intestine's lining that aren't visible in other tests.
  • CT enterography. Mayo researchers helped develop this noninvasive test, which is more sensitive than conventional imaging for finding abnormalities in the intestines.

Read more about endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Nov. 20, 2012

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