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Do you need to get an MRI or CT scan to find out if you have food poisoning?

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Imaging tests such as MRIs and CT scans aren’t often used in food poisoning cases. But they can help rule out other causes for your symptoms.

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness).”

CDC: “Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning,” “Salmonella: Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Staphylococcal Food Poisoning,” “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Food poisoning (foodborne illness) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Family Physician : “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illness,” Evaluation of Nausea and Vomitting.”

Medscape: “Food Poisoning Workup.”

FDA: “Foodborne Illnesses: What You Need to Know.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repor t: “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses.”

Clinical Microbiology Reviews : “Laboratory Diagnosis of Bacterial Gastroenteritis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness).”

CDC: “Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning,” “Salmonella: Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Staphylococcal Food Poisoning,” “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Food poisoning (foodborne illness) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Family Physician : “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illness,” Evaluation of Nausea and Vomitting.”

Medscape: “Food Poisoning Workup.”

FDA: “Foodborne Illnesses: What You Need to Know.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repor t: “Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses.”

Clinical Microbiology Reviews : “Laboratory Diagnosis of Bacterial Gastroenteritis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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