Ulcerative Colitis Evaluation
Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.
Tests that may be used to evaluate ulcerative colitis include:
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 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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