Enterography MRI

Entero means small bowel and graphy means image, so enterography involves taking images (or pictures) of the small bowel after drinking fluid to make the small bowel stand out on the images. During MRI enterography (or ‘enteroclysis’), multiple images of the abdomen are taken with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

Enterography MRI

Entero means small bowel and graphy means image, so enterography involves taking images (or pictures) of the small bowel after drinking fluid to make the small bowel stand out on the images. During MRI enterography (or ‘enteroclysis’), multiple images of the abdomen are taken with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

What is an MRI enterography?

The procedure involves filling the bowel with fluid that will show up brightly on the images and makes the small bowel stand out. This study typically involves the injection of a special dye (often called ‘contrast medium’ or ‘contrast agent’) into the veins during the scan. The contrast highlights the bowel wall on the images. This contrast medium is known as gadolinium.

How do I prepare for an MRI enterography? keyboard_arrow_down

Patient preparation can vary but usually, you will asked to fast or have only a light breakfast prior to the procedure. Blood tests may be requested to see if you have any kidney problems.

What happens during an MRI enterography? keyboard_arrow_down

Radiologists typically use an injection to slow down the normal movements/contractions of your bowel (as these contractions can blur the MRI pictures). This injection will usually be called Buscopan (hyoscine) or glucagon. You may also need to have a gadolinium injection, which is injected via a cannula placed prior to the procedure.

Are there any after effects of an MRI enterography? keyboard_arrow_down

The fluid you drink for enterography may make you feel slightly nauseous. Occasionally the fluid may also cause mild diarrhea after the test.

How do I get my results? keyboard_arrow_down

Your doctor will receive a written report on your test as soon as is practicable.

It is very important that you discuss the results with the doctor whom referred you so that they can explain what the results mean for you.

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