Using Abdominal X-Rays to Diagnose Crohn’s Disease

man with stomach painIf your doctor suspects that you are suffering from Chron’s disease, they may order an abdominal X-ray, which will help them see into your digestive tract. Unlike other X-rays, this procedure will require you to drink a solution of either barium or iodine, which sticks to the walls of your intestines and makes it easier to see where problems may lay. This type of X-ray is called a fluoroscopy.

Upper GI – An upper GI scan looks at your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. This test is also known as a barium or contract X-ray.

Air Contrast – Air contrast or double contrast GI studies provide an even more detailed scan. The doctor will add baking soda crystals to the barium to make it fizz.

Lower GI – Instead of drinking barium, it will be administered as an enema so that the doctor can examine your large intestine. It also shows the end of your small intestine and your appendix.

Your doctor may order one or all of these scans to help them diagnose Chron’s disease. Digital X-ray imaging provided by Middletown Imaging is done using the best medical imaging technology that uses an extremely low dose of radiation. Contact us today at 732-275-0999 to schedule your abdominal X-ray.

How to Prepare for a CT Scan

doctor explaining procedure to patientA CT scan is a procedure used to capture detailed images of any part of the body using X-rays and computer technology. The scan is a non-invasive way to diagnose certain conditions. If your doctor has ordered a CT scan, you will need to prepare for the procedure.

What to Wear – A patient gown will be provided for you, but you should avoid wearing any jewelry, including piercings. You will be asked to remove jewelry before the scan, so it is better to leave anything especially valuable, like a wedding band, at home.

Contrast Media – Before your scan, you may be asked to ingest contrast media to improve the quality of the images taken. The contrast media may also be injected. It is important to tell your doctor if you are allergic to the contrast media so they can decide if it is better to perform the scan without it or provide you with a different diagnostic scan.

If you are having your scan with contract media, do not eat for three hours before your test. If you are not using contrast media, this is not a requirement.

Follow All Doctor Instructions – Before receiving any diagnostic test at our imaging center in NJ, it is essential that you follow all instructions given to you by your doctor. If you do not, it can disrupt the results of the scan.

Contact Middletown Imaging today at 732-275-0999 to schedule your CT scan today.