Your digestive system fuels all that your body does by providing you with the nutrients you need to function. If you are experiencing problems with digestion, you should see your physician and tests may be recommended. Watch videos created by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology to better understand what to expect during these tests and how having these tests can benefit you and your digestive health.

My Day to Day with UC

Emma explains what her day to day life with ulcerative colitis looks like as a university student. 

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Fecal Calprotectin

If you have IBD, you know the painful symptoms you suffer from during a flare are caused by inflammation.  Wouldn’t it be great to know -- in advance -- if a flare was on its way, so that you could prevent it from happening? Well, a safe, simple, non-invasive test could help you do just that! Watch CDHF's latest animation on the Fecal CalProtectin -- or fCal -- test now.

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Proper Bowel Prep Can Save Your Life

Too many people skip potentially life-saving procedures because of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the bowel prep. However, most people who have had colonoscopies, will tell you it isn't nearly as bad as you think and that the benefits far outweigh the risks.  Robbie, Anne and Laurie, who range in age from 11 to 80 years,  openly share their experiences with you in this video.

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Colon Cancer - Don't Die of Embarassment

Colon cancer is essentially preventable and yet thousands of Canadians die from it every year.  Dr. Michael Gould explains who is at risk of developing the disease and how it can be detected and stopped early.

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Introduction to Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the area of medicine that deals with the digestive system and how our bodies break down food so it can be absorbed by our intestines to fuel the rest of our body. A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the digestive system. The Introduction to Gastroenterology video explores the basic anatomy of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon). It also explains why you might need to see a gastroenterologist.

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Join Dr. David Armstrong for a step by step tour of a the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Armstrong explains that gastroscopy is a safe and accurate test which uses a small camera (gastroscope) to look directly at the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract, take biopsies, and even treat some conditions. In this video, you will learn how to prepare for a gastroscopy, see an actual procedure and learn how you can benefit from this test.

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Dr. Alan Barkun clearly explains what to expect if you are referred for a colonoscopy. This test allows doctors to examine the lining of the colon to evaluate and diagnose or treat abnormalities of the large intestine. It is a safe and effective way of detecting and removing polyps, treating rectal bleeding, offering early diagnosis and possibly providing therapy. Dr. Barkun clearly describes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the colonoscopy, highlights the benefits or the procedure and, suggests who should have a colonoscopy. 

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Understanding Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is a painless procedure which involves swallowing a disposable capsule. The capsule contains a miniature video camera with a light, transmitter and batteries. This safe, minimally invasive examination provides the doctor with images of your digestive system.

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Understanding Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine (colon or large bowel) that is performed by a trained doctor. The colonoscope is used to see the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This guide will provide information on why this test is done, how to prepare for this procedure and what happens during a colonoscopy.


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Understanding Endoscopic Ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a test that uses an ultrasound probe at the tip of an endoscope to examine the wall of the gut. This guide will provide information on why this test is done, how to prepare for this procedure and what happens during an endoscopic ultrasound.

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Understanding ERCP

ERCP, (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)  is an endoscopic test that is done to examine the bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreatic duct by passing X-ray material (dye) through a tube in the small intestine. This test also allows the doctor to see the upper small intestine and the opening of ducts into the small intestine. This guide will provide information on why this test is done, how to prepare for this procedure and what happens during an ERCP.

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Understanding FOBT

The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) consists of the examination of stool samples from three consecutive bowel movements for traces of blood that are not visible to the naked eye. It's a simple test that you can do in the privacy of your home and is a widely available test for screening for colorectal cancer.

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Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health