A few years ago, researchers trying to find the key to a mysterious group of digestive ailments located a number of biomarkers for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their discovery is part of the efforts to lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention for individuals still asymptomatic.

A team of scientists from the University of Cincinnati analyzed data from the Department of Defense Serum Repository (DoDSR), a collection of biological information, according to ScienceDaily. Its more than 50 million specimens of serum come mainly from members of and applicants to the uniformed services.

The two primary types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America reports that about 1.4 million Americans suffer from IBD, with roughly equal numbers attributed to Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the exact cause of IBD remains unknown.

MR Enterography, an imaging study that can often play an important role in the assessment and management of small bowl Crohn’s disease, is performed by our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services. It is completed in our relaxed, comfortable outpatient environment, is noninvasive and is done without any medical radiation.

Diagnostic Imaging Services can be contacted directly by calling 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 for an appointment. One of our experienced associates will be happy to arrange a visit. Or, click the green REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT button (above right) to send us an email requesting assistance.

Capitol Imaging Services is the largest independent radiology practice of its type serving the Southeastern United States. Not only do we perform the scan, such as a CT or MRI, we provide the radiology expertise to review test images and issue critical findings to physicians and other healthcare providers.

Capitol Imaging Services often lowers out of pocket costs by performing exams less expensively than area hospitals and medical centers. For people with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage. This advantage is enjoyed without people sacrificing quality of care, technology or results.

Capitol Imaging Services and their affiliates are doctor trusted and patient preferred.