GASTROINTESTINAL

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Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are common, ranging from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to colon cancer, which is the second most common cancer in the UK.

More than 30,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year with around 20,000 subsequent deaths. Yet colon cancer is mostly curable if it is caught early enough. The importance of GI screening scans therefore cannot be overstated.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the poo
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Colon Cancer
  • Suspected colorectal polyps
  • Bowel abnormalities
  • Liver disease including causes of jaundice etc
  • Gallbladder disease e.g gallstones
  • Pancreatic disease

Types of Gastrointestinal scans that are available:

  • Fluoroscopy is a special form of X-ray that allows the radiographer to study movement within the body.  During a fluoroscopy examination, a constant stream of X-rays is taken so that changes can be monitored as they occur. Fluoroscopy is used as part of the following types of scan:
    • Barium swallow – for conditions affecting the oesophagus
    • Barium meal – for conditions affecting the stomach
    • Barium follow through – for conditions affecting the small bowel
    • Barium enema – for conditions affecting the large bowel (rarely performed these days, see CT colonoscopy)

Unlike a conventional colonoscopy, a virtual colonoscopy relies on CT scans to build up a 3D picture of the inside of the bowel. This scan involves gas being pumped into the bowel through a small tube placed into the rectum.Scans are taken whilst the patient lays on their back, then on their front. A dye injection may be used so that certain areas show up more clearly.

The patient is asked to drink a liquid and then, after some time has elapsed to allow it to reach the bowel, and MRI scan is perform. This study is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s.

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is a technique commonly used to image the bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas.

This study is used to identify and help plan treatment for patient with abscesses and fistulae affecting the area round the anus (back passage).

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