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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, oral and intravenous contrast dyes are given to highlight the small intestine. A drug will also be injected to decrease movement of the bowel which can interfere with the images.
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:
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know:
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