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MR Enterogram- How to Prepare

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your MR enterogram exam at Mountain Medical. However, you may also be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam may vary. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take food and medications as usual.

You should inform your radiologist or technologist of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies. If you have a known allergy to contrast material, or "dye," your radiologist may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction, or order a different test.

Also inform your radiologist or technologist of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

Women should always inform their radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

What you can expect during a MR enterogram:

  • Prior to the procedure, you will be asked to drink several glasses of a water solution mixed with a contrast material. The fluid expands the small bowel so that abnormalities can be seen with better clarity.
  • You will then be positioned on the moveable examination table for the MR enterogram exam.
  • Devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
  • If a contrast material is to be used in the MR enterogram exam, an IV catheter will need to be placed.
  • You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the radiologist and technologist will leave the room while the MRI examination is performed.
  • When the examination is completed, you may be asked to wait until the radiologist checks the images in case additional images are needed. Your intravenous line will be removed.
  • A MR enterogram exam might include multiple sets of images some of which may last several minutes.