Enterography is a type of imaging used to help doctors visualize the intestines, their muscles and any irregularities that may be causing a patient’s condition. Enterography exams are noninvasive and painless for patients.
Advanced Internal Visualization
These types of exams are usually useful in identifying multiple issues.
These types of exams are usually useful in identifying issues within the bowel, such as blockages, inflammation, bleeding and signifiers or G.I. tract illnesses like Crohn’s disease. If you might be pregnant, please alert your doctor. We also advise discussing any recent illnesses, new medical conditions, allergies or medications you’re taking.
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How to Prepare for an Enterography Scan
Fast for at least 3 hours before your exam. If you have a known allergy to contrast materials, your doctor may prescribe medication to lower your risk of a reaction. Please be sure to take that medicine as prescribed. If you are on other prescription medications, you should continue taking as directed with a small glass of water. For both CT and MR Enterography scans, patients will be asked to drink oral contrast prior to their exam.
For this type of enterography, your radiologist will use x-rays and a contrast material to visualize the movement of liquid through your small intestine and into your lower abdomen and pelvic area. CT enterography is better able to visualize the entire thickness of the bowel wall when compared to other small intestine imaging procedures.
This type of enterography uses a powerful magnetic field (similar to the MRI) to create images of your intestines and pelvic organs. Similar to the CT enterography, this type of exam also requires a contrast material to be administered prior to the exam which helps to highlight the organs in question and produce the images needed. In addition to this contrast material, a medication may also be given to slow down movements of the intestines, which can sometimes interfere with your images.
Because this form of imaging does not use x-rays and the contrast material is not radioactive, you aren’t exposed to any radiation during this exam.
What to Expect at Your Exam
- For both CT and MR Enterography, patients will receive IV contrast during the exam.
- The exam may last up to 45 minutes.
- You may be asked to change clothes and wear a gown for your exam. If you wear loose clothing with no metal objects, however, you may be able to stay in your clothes.
- After the exam, you may resume your normal diet and activities.
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What to Bring to Your Appointment
For a stress-free exam day, patients are encouraged to complete all registration paperwork in advance and upload a copy of their insurance card and personal ID online. If this information is provided prior to the appointment, there is no need to bring it with you on exam day. Here’s a quick list of important things you should bring to your appointment:
*If you did not upload this online in advance of your appointment.
Driver’s license or personal ID (if you did not upload this online in advance of your appointment)