CT Enterography (CTE) is a diagnostic tool for the evaluation of small bowel disorders and Crohn's Disease. Similar to a traditional CT of the abdomen and pelvis, CTE optimizes the imaging of the small bowel and provides excellent evaluation of the bowel wall including the assessment of hypervascular lesions and inflammation.
Using CT technology, CT Enterography highlights the small bowel to evaluate certain gastrointestinal disorders and inflammation.
Arcadia Radiology Medical Group is one of the leaders in CT enterography (CTE) technology. A CTE is useful for identifying small bowel obstructions and Crohn's disease. Bowel disorders affect thousands of Americans every year, but CT enterography tests can help solve many problems before they become life threatening.
CT enterography is a type of diagnostic tool that is used to evaluate small bowel disorders in patients of all ages. The CTE is similar to other CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis, which are used to find a number of disorders.
The test first enhances the imaging of the small bowel in order to offer a more thorough evaluation by our radiologists. Lesions or inflammation of the small bowel region is usually caught by the CT enterography, which allows physicians to treat patients before the health problems become life threatening.
Before the CT enterography, speak with your doctor about recent infections or illnesses that you may have had. Also make sure that your physician is aware of any chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, or kidney disease.
Approximately four hours before the CT enterography do not eat and drink anything more.
The first step of CTE is to drink a few glasses of a contrast agent over the course of a few hours before your exam. The contrast agent will allow the radiologist to see the inside of your small intestine for a better image. Sometimes an intravenous (IV) line will provide the contrasting agent depending on the situation.
After the contrasting agent is in the right spot, you will lie on your back in order to move through the CT scanning machine. X-ray images will capture your abdomen and small intestine in particular. For a few seconds you will be asked to hold your breath so the scan can get a more accurate reading. Unless lying still for period of time is a problem, the CTE is a painless procedure that requires little additional effort or instructions after images have been taken.