MR Enterogram - Benefits and Risks
- MR Enterogram is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
- MR enterogram is more reliable than x-ray imaging for correctly identifying areas of Crohn's disease involvement.
- Because MR enterogram does not involve ionizing radiation, the procedure is especially beneficial for the evaluation of young patients with Crohn's disease.
- MR enterogram can eliminate the need for video capsule endoscopy (VCE) and the potential complications of that procedure.
- The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient.
- Some patients experience greater claustrophobia with an MRI exam.
- If sedation is used, there are risks of excessive sedation. The technologist or nurse monitors your vital signs to minimize this risk.
- There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast material is injected. If you experience allergic symptoms, a radiologist or other physician will be available for immediate assistance.
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a serious, but rare complication believed to be caused by the injection of gadolinium contrast material in patients with very poor kidney function.