What is Magnetic Resonance Enterography?

What is a Magnetic Resonance (MR) Enterography?

Magnetic Resonance (MR) Enterography is a noninvasive test used to produce detailed images of the small intestine that can help identify causes of bowel inflammation. Unlike conventional X-ray examinations and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Magnetic Resonance Enterography does not utilize ionizing radiation. Instead, it uses powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the intestine. These images are used to help diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Diseases or other abnormalities.

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Why would my physician recommend Magnetic Resonance Enterography?

Your physician may recommend MR Enterography to help diagnose and manage Crohn's Disease or other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. It may also be used to determine the source of bowel obstruction, bleeding other abnormalities.

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What should I expect during Magnetic Resonance Enterography?

If this is your first type of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. For this test, you will be asked to arrive 90 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Upon arrival, you will be given several glasses of a solution mixed with a contrast agent to drink before the procedure. IV contrast will also be given. During the procedure, you will lie flat on an exam table. It is important that you remain still while the table slides through the scanner where the surrounding magnetic fields and radio waves will capture images. The MRI machine does generate loud noises as the images are captured. All patients are given protective ear plugs, or headphones for music. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. 

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What should I expect after Magnetic Resonance Enterography?

After the exam, you may be asked to wait until the Radiologist checks the images to ensure that no additional images are needed. Because you will be required to drink a large amount of liquid quickly, you may experience mild nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Be sure to tell your physician if these side effects become severe or do not go away within two days.

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Is Magnetic Resonance Enterography painful?

MRI exams are painless. The part that may be uncomfortable is remaining still during the imaging portion of the exam. If you suffer from claustrophobia, talk to your physician to see if medication may be prescribed.

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How do I schedule Magnetic Resonance Enterography with Fairfax Radiology?

Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

Fax: 703.698.0864

Or click here to make an appointment request

Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

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When are appointments offered for Magnetic Resonance Enterography?

For your convenience, appointments are available mornings and afternoons at the locations listed above. Learn more about each location.

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