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MR Enterography For a Child (7678)

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MR Enterography for a Child

Your child’s doctor has asked that he or
she have a MR Enterography. Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe and
painless way for the doctor to look at
your child’s stomach and small bowel.
The pictures can help the doctor find out
more about the problems your child is
having. The test uses radio waves and a
magnetic field to take pictures.

This test will take about 2 hours to
complete. During the first hour your
child will drink a special contrast called
Volumen. This contrast will swell your
child’s small bowel which will help the
radiologist check the stomach. We will
also start an intravenous line (IV) that
will be used later in the test.

Before your child’s MR Enterography
ξ Do not let your child eat for 4
hours before their MRI so that
their small bowel will be empty.
ξ Tell your child’s doctor or the
nurse in MRI if your child is
allergic to any medicine or
ξ If your child takes medicines, he
or she may take them the day of
the test.
ξ If your child wears any kind of
medicine patch, it will need to be
taken off before the test. Bring a
new patch that you can put on
your child after the test.
ξ If your child has a fear of small
spaces, talk to your child’s
doctor. The doctor can give your
child some medicine that will
help them to relax. If your child
takes the medicine to help them
relax, and they are old enough to
drive, you will need to drive
them home.
ξ If your child has had an
endoscopy or a colonoscopy in
the last 8 weeks, please call the
MRI nurses office (608) 262-

Day of Test
ξ Check in on the first floor of the
AFCH at the Diagnostic and
Therapy Center. The Dept. Of
Radiology will be informed that
you and your child have arrived.
ξ Plan to arrive an hour and a half
before the MRI. There are many
questions we need to ask about
your child’s health history.
Please bring cards for any
implants in your child’s body.
ξ After we bring your child to the
MRI area, he or she will be given
an oral contrast called Volumen.
They will be asked to drink this
contrast over 1 hour. Your child
may go to the bathroom at any
time before the MRI.
ξ Your child will need to remove
all metal items such as a watch,
hairpins, bra, jewelry and coins.
Your child may not bring
anything into the room with the
MRI machine. This includes
wallet, purse, cell phone and

ξ We may ask your child to change
into hospital clothing. A locker
will be provided for your child’s
clothes and any other items.
ξ An intravenous line (IV) will be
started. During the test we will
use this IV to inject two
1. Glucagon. This medicine
will be given by the nurse to
slow down the movement of
the bowel. Your child will
need 2 doses of this medicine
because it does not last very
2. Gadolinium is a contrast
medicine. This is used to
highlight blood vessels near
the end of the MRI.

During the Test
ξ A MRI is a long tube-like
machine that is open on both
ends. Your child will lie on a
padded table in the middle of the
machine. We will ask if your
child can lie on their stomach as
this position separates the loops
of the bowel so that we get a
better picture. If your child is
unable to do this we can also do
this study on their back. We will
try to make your child’s position
as easy as possible. A coil will
be placed on your child’s
stomach or back. The coil works
like an antenna to help us get our
ξ During the test your child will
hear the MRI machine make very
loud knocking sounds. Your
child will have headphones to
block out some of this noise.
Your child will be able to listen
to music or books on CD. Your
child will also hear the
technologist instruct them on
how to breathe.
ξ The technologist will not stay
with your child in the room.
Your child will be able to hear
and see the staff through the
intercom and window. They will
take pictures and check on your
child during the test. Your child
should tell us if he or she feels
uncomfortable at any time.
ξ We will place a ball in your
child’s hand to squeeze if they
need the technologist during the
ξ At different times during the test
your child will be asked to hold
their breath for about 15 to 20
ξ It is important that your child try
not to move during the test. It is
just like taking a picture with a
camera. If your child moves
while the picture is being taken,
the picture will be blurry.
ξ During the test, a nurse or the
technologist will come into the
room and give your child the
Glucagon medicine that slows
the motion of the bowel. After
the second dose of Glucagon
your child will be given the IV
contrast to highlight their bowel.
ξ The nurse and the technologist
will leave the room and take a
few more pictures before the test
is done.

After the MR Enterography Test
ξ Your child’s IV will be removed
after the MRI is complete.
ξ Within the first hour after the
test, your child may feel an
urgent need to go to the
bathroom. Some patients get
diarrhea after drinking the

Volumen. The diarrhea may last
a short time, but plan carefully
for the ride home and bring a
second set of clothes for your
ξ We also would like you to have
your child drink plenty of fluids
to help their system clear the
contrast medicine.
ξ Your MRI will be read by a
radiologist and the results will be
sent to your child’s doctor. The
doctor will share the test results
with you and your child.
ξ If you have any problems or
concerns after the test, please call
your child’s doctor.

Phone numbers:
If you have any other questions or
concerns prior to your child’s MRI,
please call the nurses office at
(608) 262-5276

If you need to reschedule your
appointment please call the scheduling
line at (608) 263-9729


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