Enterography MRI With and Without IV Contrast

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

Preparation

  • Arrive 60 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
    • For Macomb patients only: Please arrive 90 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • No solid food post midnight; nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam.
  • Drink 1 bottle of oral contrast every 15-20 minutes (total of 3 bottles) prior to exam.
  • Consider an 8oz. cup of water right before going on the table. 
  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You will be asked to wear a gown for the exam.
  • For Wyandotte patients only: Patients 60 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 1 month of procedure.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • You will receive a .4mg Glucagon, intramuscular injection immediately prior to going on the table.
  • You will receive a .3mg Glucagon IV injection, immediately prior to the pre/post contrast.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
  • A device that contains coils may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • You will be given breathing instructions throughout your exam and asked to hold your breath.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm, and they will let you know when you will start feeling this.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then run additional scans to complete your exam.

Considerations

  • If you have metallic or electronic devices implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit with a starting range at 350 lbs.
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