The small bowel examination process - the complexity of small bowel examinations makes it difficult to describe the examination process.
Imaging and instrumentation examinations are usually performed in the fasted state, with the fibre-optic device being passed through the mouth while the patient is anaesthetised.
Functional tests and isotope tests are started on an empty stomach and continued after ingestion of test materials and test meals.
Traditional blood samples and stool analysis methods form the basis of laboratory tests.
Histopathological examinations are only possible after fibre-optic examinations.