Enterography MRI at UPMC

UPMC offers Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRI), a non-invasive, radiation-free study that, unlike endoscopy, allows you to explore the small intestine (jejunum and ileum).

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At UPMC, we offer MRI enterography at the following facility:

MRI Enterography: How It Takes Place

It is necessary to arrive one hour before the appointment to drink an aqueous solution containing an isotonic preparation (Lovol-esse) that favors the elongation of the intestinal loops, allowing doctors to better visualize the walls.

Afterwards, the patient is made to lie in a prone position on the couch, with a needle cannula in the arm for the administration of contrast medium. Shortly before the examination, they should take a hypotonic drug (Buscopan) intravenously to reduce intestinal peristalsis and related movement artifacts.

The radiology technician will the patient to do apneas lasting about 15-20 seconds, during which the sequences (MRI images) will be acquired in the different planes of space. The duration of the exam is about 30 minutes.

A light dinner is recommended the night before the exam.

MRI Enterography: When to Perform It

It is generally requested by a gastroenterologist in the following cases:

  • Chronic inflammatory pathology (Crohn's disease) and search for complications and exacerbation of the disease.
  • Search for causes of intestinal bleeding in cases of polyps, tumors, Meckel's diverticulum, etc.
  • Clinical-ultrasound discrepancy in the diagnosis of appendicitis.
  • Long-standing celiac patients suspected of lymphoma.
  • Surveillance of familial polyposis.
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