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How should I get my colon checked?

There are different ways to get the colon checked depending on the nature of the concerns. If you are worried about an infection of the colon, a stool sample may be necessary to identify if there is an infection and what type. A blockage of the colon may need imaging studies such as abdominal x-rays and CT scans. Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis may require blood work as well as a colonoscopy (a flexible fiber-optic camera that looks at the lining of the colon and can biopsy the colon tissue if needed). Screening for colon cancer can include a stool study (FIT test) and/or a colonoscopy.

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