GI Health

GI Health

3D Rendering Intestinal internal organs At Radiology Associates Imaging, we understand that a properly performing GI tract is critical for your health and wellness. That is why we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic tests interpreted by abdominal imaging specialists to keep you healthy. We offer the full spectrum of diagnostic tests to evaluate conditions from the mouth to the colon. Below is more information on a few of our specialized exams that offer complete evaluation of the small intestines and colon.

CT Colonography

Colon cancer is unfortunately one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States and is also the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Colon cancer screening is currently recommended beginning at age 50 for average risk patients. If you are at higher than average risk, screening may need to begin before age 50.

The traditional method for colon and rectal cancer screening is with optical colonoscopy.  In this procedure, the patient is sedated and a small, flexible, catheter-type device with a camera is inserted into the rectum and colon to directly visualize any abnormalities.

Radiology Associates Imaging offers CT Colonography (also known as Virtual Colonoscopy) as a method to screen for colorectal cancer.  This method is less invasive and time-consuming than traditional optical colonoscopy with no needles or sedation required.  This examination is performed on our CT scanners after insufflating the colon with air.  Once the examination is complete, the imaging data is evaluated by one of our Radiologists on a special computer workstation.

If you would like additional information regarding CT Colonography, please visit the CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy) section of RadiologyInfo.org.

CT Enterography
This imaging study is a newer alternative to traditional barium fluoroscopy exams to evaluate the small bowel while using a multi-detector CT scanner. The most common indications include assessment for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn disease), gastrointestinal bleeding, and small bowel tumors. This technique is also very helpful in differentiating between new (active) and old (fibrotic) strictures in patients with Crohn disease. Differentiating active versus fibrotic has important implications of whether a patient receives medical management or surgery.

How is the Exam Performed?
The exam will be performed on one of our multi-detector CT scanners following a few special steps to prepare the small bowel. You will be asked to have nothing by mouth (NPO) for at least 4 hours prior to the exam. This ensures that any ingested food material is not confused for an abnormality. You will also need to arrive at our imaging center about one hour prior to the examination time in order to drink a special oral contrast agent to distend the small bowel. Once these steps are complete, you will be placed on the CT scanner and images will be obtained rapidly following the injection of contrast material.

If you would like additional information, we recommend visiting the CT Enterography section of RadiologyInfo.org

MR Enterography
This examination is similar to the CT Enterography, but it is performed on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The advantage of MRI is the lack of ionizing radiation (no x-rays) and the ability to visualize small bowel motility. The lack of ionizing radiation is particularly important for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn disease) who will need many imaging studies over their lifetime.

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How is the Exam Performed?
The exam will be performed on one of our state-of-the-art MRI scanners following a few special steps to prepare the small bowel. You will be asked to have nothing by mouth (NPO) for at least 4 hours prior to the exam. This ensures that any ingested food material is not confused for an abnormality. You will also need to arrive at our imaging center about one hour prior to the examination time in order to drink a special oral contrast agent to distend the small bowel. Once complete, you will be placed on the MRI scanner and images will be obtained prior to and following the injection of contrast material. Total imaging time will range from approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

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Radiology Associates Imaging St. Augustine
(904) 827-9191

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(386) 274-6000

Radiology Associates Imaging Town Center
(386) 274-6000

Radiology Associates Imaging Twin Lakes
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