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Magnetic resonance enterography is an imaging test that lets your doctor see detailed pictures of your small intestine. It can pinpoint inflammation, bleeding, and other problems. It is also called MR enterography.
The test uses a magnetic field to create detailed images of your organs. A computer analyzes the images. Before the test, you will take an oral contrast dye to highlight the small intestine.
This is not an X-ray. It does not involve any radiation. The oral contrast doesn’t contain any radioactive material. The images from this test are quite detailed. The procedure may take around 45 minutes.
This test may help find:
This test may also help track how well certain treatments are working
MR enterography is often recommended when you have Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease tends to strike young people, who are at greater risk of problems from repeated radiation exposure. MR enterography can help avoid unnecessary X-rays. Also, the procedure is a better test to view soft-tissue problems.
MR enterography carries some risks:
There may be other risks, depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before the test.
Before having this test, you will likely need to:
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