Mayo Clinic doctors review your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to better understand your condition.
Additional tests and procedures may be used to understand the extent of your radiation enteritis, including:
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- Endoscopy. During an endoscopy, your doctor passes a long, thin tube (endoscope) down your throat and into your esophagus. The tube is equipped with a camera. Endoscopy allows your doctor to inspect your stomach and the beginning of your small intestine.
- Colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, your doctor passes a long, thin tube through your rectum and into your colon. The tube is equipped with a camera. Colonoscopy allows your doctor to inspect your colon for abnormalities and areas of inflammation.
- Capsule endoscopy. During a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a pill-sized camera that takes pictures as it passes through your digestive system. A capsule endoscopy allows your doctor to inspect your small intestine, which is difficult to access with other tests, such as endoscopy and colonoscopy.
- Enteroscopy. During enteroscopy your doctor uses a camera-equipped scope that's designed to reach deeper into your small intestine to look for signs of radiation enteritis.
- CT and MRI. These imaging tests may show changes in the small intestine that suggest radiation enteritis. CT and MRI are usually done before a capsule endoscopy.
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