The IBD Clinic team reviews how inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is diagnosed. Topics include:

  • detailed history and symptoms
  • common tests: blood tests, CT scan (aka "catscan"), MRI scan, gastroscopy, colonoscopy
  • differences between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
  • the role of a gastroenterologist compared to a family physician
  • how IBD differs from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or an infection

The team discusses the goals of each test, what a patient should expect, and how the results are interpreted. Throughout, the team answers surgery & IBD questions posed by patients and other health care practitioners.


  • Dr. Richard Fedorak, Gastroenterologist specializing in IBD
  • Dr. Leo Dieleman, Gastroenterologist specializing in IBD
  • Dr. Karen Kroeker, Gastroenterologist specializing in IBD

Duration: 60 minutes

Date: March 2013