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A 43-year-old member asked:

has anyone ever gotten tested for colitis using only radiology?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes.: Picks up only severe disease. Colonoscopy DX choice!
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Suggestive: Ct can show evidence of inflammation of the colon suggesting colitis but endoscopy with biopsy are usually necessar for definitive diagnosis.
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 41 years experience
In the old days before CT, radiologists were taught to identify specific features of colitis on a barium enema exam. There is some disagreement as to whether an image exam or colonoscopy is more accurate.
Oct 8, 2015
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 41 years experience
Yes: Improvements in CT scanning make it easier to identify colitis on this modality. Barium enemas are also good for diagnosing colitis.

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