How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?
A variety of diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests are used to distinguish ulcerative colitis from other conditions. First, your doctor will review your medical history and perform a complete physical examination. One or more of the following tests may be ordered:
- Endoscopy, such as colonoscopy or proctosigmoidoscopy
- Blood tests
- Stool samples
- Barium X-ray
- Other X-ray procedures, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT scan)