Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ulcerative Colitis Lower GI Endoscopy

Lower GI Endoscopy
The diagnosis of ulcerative colitis is usually made during lower GI endoscopy. During the procedure, a flexible scope is used to look at the inside surface of the colon. A tissue specimen can be obtained, for study under the microscope.

Two types of lower GI endoscopy include:

Virtual Colonoscopy
Virtual colonoscopy is an alternative to lower GI endoscopy. A CT scan of the abdomen is used to create images of the inside of the colon.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ulcerative Colitis References
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