CT and MR Enteroscopy
Successful treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) requires an expert diagnosis of your specific condition. Our specialization in CT and MR enterography—painless and highly advanced diagnostic procedures—sets us apart from many other centers. These procedures help our specialists pinpoint inflammation (swelling and irritation), ulcers and other abnormalities that may be causing your IBD symptoms.
What is MR enterography (MRE)?
Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography uses a magnetic field—not radiation—to obtain detailed pictures of your small bowel and uses a contrast dye that you ingest orally to highlight the small bowel.
Our team uses this radiation-free imaging technique to capture images of your small intestine to precisely pinpoint inflammation in your bowel, as well as abscesses or other types of blockages that may be causing you pain or discomfort. We also use MR enterography to track how well certain treatments are working.
The procedure may take around 45 minutes to complete.
Benefits of radiation-free imaging
MR enterography helps patients avoid unnecessary doses of radiation. We often recommend MR enterography for patients with Crohn's disease who are likely to need many follow-up imaging tests. We also recommend this test for young people with Crohn's disease and who are at particular risk from repeated exposure to X-ray radiation.
What is CT enterography?
Computed tomography (CT) enterography is a quick, accurate and painless noninvasive procedure that result in a very detailed evaluation of the intestines. This procedure combines high-resolution X-ray imaging with a contrast material (like dye) to capture excellent images of inflammation, bowel obstructions, abscesses and fistulas (abnormal connections created by inflammation).
What to expect during your CT enterography
Before/during your procedure, our doctors will:
- Provide you with three bottles of a special kind of oral contrast solution for you to drink
- Position you comfortably on the CT table and insert an IV catheter into a vein in your arm through which a special dye will be administered
- Ask you to hold your breath during the fast scanning time of typically 20 to 30 seconds
The total time for the exam is approximately 1.5 hours. This procedure is much faster than the traditional barium tests with which you may be familiar.