Johnette Crockett is supervisor of CT at WakeMed Cary Hospital.
For patients with crohn’s disease or small bowel disorders and cancers, diagnostic imaging options recently got a lot broader because WakeMed Imaging Services is now offering CT enterography at Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital, Apex Healthplex and North Healthplex.
CT enterography is ordered by gastroenterologist or surgeon and offers a non-invasive way to get a clear picture of the intestinal wall and the inside of the intestines, allowing easy identification of inflammation or other abnormalities. CT enterography is less time consuming and more patient friendly versus than the traditional enteroclysis. An enteroclysis is a test where a tube is inserted into the patient’s nose or mouth, contrast is flowed through the tube, and a diagnostic x-ray is taken.
During CT enterography, patients drink the contrast and spend a short amount of time in the CT scanner. Overall, a much more patient-friendly option with great results.