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CT enterography is an imaging test that uses CT imagery and a contrast material to view the small intestine. The procedure allows your healthcare provider to determine what is causing your condition. He or she can also tell how well you're responding to treatment for a health issue, such as Crohn's disease.
A computerized tomography scan, or CT scan, is a type of X-ray that uses a computer to make cross-sectional images of your body.
CT enterography is a quick, accurate, and painless procedure.
Unlike regular X-ray images, CT enterography is able to provide detailed images of tissue and structures, such as bone and blood vessels.
This test is typically done to find:
CT enterography uses X-ray technology with as little radiation exposure as possible. Talk with your healthcare provider about this risk.
You should let your healthcare provider know if you have any allergies, particularly if you have had an allergic reaction to contrast materials or dyes before.
If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, tell your healthcare provider.
There may be other risks, depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
The CT enterography procedure doesn’t cause any lasting side effects. You won’t need recovery time because the test doesn’t require any incisions or sedation. You can resume your regular activities as soon as the procedure is completed. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding about whether to delay breastfeeding for 1 to 2 days or not. Current information on this is conflicting.
A radiologist will review your test results and send them to your healthcare provider. You will then have a follow-up phone call or visit with your healthcare provider to discuss the results and next steps.
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