MR enterography (MRE) is a specific type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed with contrast material to produce detailed images of the small intestine.
MRE is an advanced and noninvasive diagnostic imaging test to assess and evaluate certain gastrointestinal disorders, including inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, infectious enteritis, small bowel lymphoma and intestinal tuberculosis. It captures excellent images of fluid and swelling, as well as active inflammation, bowel obstructions, abscesses, and fistulas, or abnormal.
Since MRE does not use radiation, it can be especially useful in patients who are younger or who may need to undergo numerous future studies. Crohn's disease tends to strike young people, who are at particular risk from X-ray radiation. MR enterography can help avoid getting unnecessary doses of X-rays, also called ionizing radiation.
MRE requires the use of an oral contrast and an intravenous contrast agent.
You will be informed prior to your visit what is required for your MR enterography exam.