CT and MR enterography are noninvasive imaging techniques that provide doctors with detailed information about the intestines and surrounding soft tissues.
MRI is the preferred method of imaging the intestine. However, for those individual who cannot undergo an MRI, a CT scan provides the best alternative for the study.
These exams have proven far more effective than traditional barium studies in detecting inflammatory bowel disease, particularly Crohn’s disease and its complications. They also help your physician make decisions about your treatment.
There is a detailed preparation process that must be followed that starts the day before the exam. It is critical that these instructions for drinking and taking of tablets be followed in order to have quality results for the radiologist and the referring physician.
Physicians use enterography to identify and locate:
- the presence of and complications from Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases
- bleeding sources and vascular abnormalities
- abscesses and fistulas
- bowel obstructions