Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Tests and Diagnosis


What tests are used to diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases?

The diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease depends on information from several different types of tests.  Normally IBD is diagnosed by a combination of:

  • Medical history and physical exam 
  • Blood tests
  • Upper intestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy with biopsies
  • MRI
  • CT Scan 

How do doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?

The doctors at Children’s Colorado make a diagnosis by assessing a combination of information including history and physical exam, blood tests, upper intestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy with biopsies and some form of radiologic evaluation such as MRI or CT scan.