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How are digestive diseases diagnosed?

Doctors usually diagnose digestive diseases beginning with taking a medical history and doing a physical exam. Various tests provide additional information. These tests may include blood tests, ultrasound, endoscopy, and x-rays. Endoscopy involves using tiny cameras to observe the inner workings of the digestive system. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans reveal the positioning and size of internal organs and some blood vessels. Some digestive diseases, like inflammatory bowel disease, are diagnosed with stool samples.

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