IBD ultrasound is done simply with the patient comfortably on a bed with their shirt pulled up to their chest. The ultrasound probe placed on the exterior of the abdomen with ultrasound jelly and moved around to scan the large and small bowel in "real time".
There is no radiation, no bowel preparation, or any harmful contrast dyes necessary. There is also no tight spaces to cause any claustrophobia.
Trans-Abdominal Gastrointestinal Ultrasound (TAG-US)
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, are chronic conditions that often start at a young age and requires monitoring and adjustments to medications to control disease activity, symptoms and to prevent negative consequences.
Diagnosis and management involve repeated colonoscopies (anaesthetic and procedural risks) and radiological investigations such as CT (up to 1/1000 risk of cancer per abdominal scan) and MRI (contrast agents may deposit in the brain) over the life span of the patient, which can have cumulative risks. The chronicity of the disease also has significant impact on the patient, healthcare system and society with Crohn’s & Colitis Australia having measured a loss of $2.7 Billion/year in financial and economic costs.