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04-08-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Mri Scan Small Bowel Study?

Hi everyone has anyone ever had a mri small bowel study, it says that i have to drink a preperation drink and the scan will start an hour after drinking this, just wondering what this is? and has anyone had this test before and it showing anything?
04-08-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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Hi porter89xxx
I am having one on June 8th. I was told I may be getting contrast dye through i.v along with sedation. They can't completely sedate b/c they will ask you to hold your breath. I have also heard of people having to drink the contrast like in an upper gi series (barium??).. I read in medical journals that it is one of the best and safest (no radiation) to check for Crohn's. They can see narrowing of the intestines and thickening of the walls, etc. easily. Colonoscopies of the small bowel are apparently difficult for them to do/reach.
Good luck on your test and sorry I couldn't have been more helpful. I would be interested in hearing how yours went!
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04-08-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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oh ya, they also give you a drug that slows down your bowels.
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I have no idea what it is it just said it was aprep drinking maybe something like barium im not sure
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I was diagnosed with CD by MRI. The drink they give you is kind of a milky consistency...if you're lucky, they'll have flavours for you to choose from. I wasn't sedated at all...I think thet would only do that if you were claustrophobic. I listened to Frank Sinatra the whole time.
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Yes. I had this before I underwent surgery. You drink this stuff which was clear but yucky half hour before, and then before the scan they gave me Bentyl. don't know why? But my scan showed a fistula, abscesses and inflammation; it's also supposed to be safer than a CT scan (less radiation)
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OH CRAP! I was hoping they would give me everything through I.V. I am claustrophobic.. I crawled out the last time I had one done This time they're giving me something.
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04-14-2010, 01:55 PM   #8
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Hi everyone so just come back from my mri scan today and i fainted! So embarrasing i had crampy pains in my tummy in the needle room prior to going in for scan and the radiographer went out the room and i couldnt breathe and just went. The scan itself was okay it is really noisy and quite claustrophobic i had to drink this clear solution drink wasnt very nice and then had a dye injected in. Results should be back with my gastro next week please god let it show something
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04-19-2010, 07:53 PM   #10
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Porter89XXX -- they usually give mannitol solution before an MRI small bowel scan. It is gloopy in texture, and has to be warmed to make it thin enough for drinking. It is flavoured with some kind of synthetic fruity taste, not nice, but bearable to drink. The worst thing about the mannitol is it usually causes diarrhoea, particularly in people with sensitive bowels, such as those with IBD.
In my case it happened within 10 minutes of me starting to drink it, and I had to make an urgent dash for the toilet every 5 minutes after that. I had to drink 1.5 litres of the stuff in 45 minutes and it was very hard going! They also give another small glass of an anti-nausea medication.

They give the contrast through IV and also the Bentyl.

I chose to have an MRI scan rather than another CT scan as I did not want any further exposure to ionising radiation. The MRI is considered equivalent to the CT scan in its usefulness as a diagnostic tool, but is not as good as a small bowel barium enema, which gets much better pictures of the bowel wall and any strictures.

But many patients do not like the small bowel barium enema as it involves a nasogastric tube and having the small bowel filled with cold water and put under pressure. And the patient needs to be fully conscious. The test is not done so much these days, and the Wireless Endoscopy (Pillcam) is often done instead.

Good luck with your MRI scan, I hope it finds something to explain your symptoms.
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04-20-2010, 12:12 AM   #11
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I had this test Friday, which was my second one. This test preparation was a lot different than the first. For this one, I was not allowed to eat for 36 hours prior to the test and had to drink a glass of milk (24 oz) one hour prior to the procedure. When I arrived, rather than drinking prep, I had to drink a liter of water. This was my prep. When I got home, I did some research online and found water is new for this and is being used as a new type of prep for these scans. I was happy I didn't have to drink the 'nasty stuff'. Still awaiting my results.
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@JMitch -- very interested to hear about using water in an MRI scan....
If drinking the milk is an essential part of the procedure I wonder what they would give patients to drink who are allergic to dairy ? Would soy milk work just as well perhaps?
04-20-2010, 10:06 AM   #13
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OOhhh...there is a God.... Thanks Mitch, just what I wanted to hear...no drinking nasty thick goop When they wanted you to drink milk, how long did they tell you before you had the test? I'm assuming you did that at home.
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04-20-2010, 01:48 PM   #14
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porter89xxx said:
Hi everyone has anyone ever had a mri small bowel study, it says that i have to drink a preperation drink and the scan will start an hour after drinking this, just wondering what this is? and has anyone had this test before and it showing anything?
I believe you are talking about a Small Bowel Follow Through and if so, I have had a few. You will drink a pink chalky milkshake substance that provides a contrast medium to enable a better view of your intestines.
It is VERY important to drink LOTS of water AFTER the procedure to assist with flushing the substance out of your system. It hardens and can be painful to pass so if you drink lots, it will pass quicker. If not, and it hardens into little golf balls, well if you have strictures, that can cause further problems. All the best to you.
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04-20-2010, 09:13 PM   #15
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I had my appt scheduled for 1130, had to arrive at 1030 and drink 24oz of milk at 0930. When I got there they wanted me to drink more milk, but gave me the option of water when I told the tech it really messed with my stomach. I really expected to drink the nasty stuff and was surprised I didn't have to. I came home and looked it up thinking the tech maybe forgot to give me the prep. The info I found said water as a form of prep is rather new and is not used everywhere. Where you go they might not offer that, so it might be best to go there thinking you will drink it instead of being upset about having to do so.
04-01-2011, 09:28 AM   #16
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Dear all!
I had a MRI scan on 11th of March. Yes, you have to drink some stuff one hour before the scan and do not eat 8 hours before that as well. Also I had 2 injections, one to relax the muscules and other one to die the blood. The stuff you drink is not so bad, I was expecting something more worse ) But it started to expand in my intestines much later in the evening and I felt like I am going to blow up ) The scan is not scary at all. I did not have any discomfort during the scan.
I hope it will be useful for you to know )
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I just found this forum and am amazed how many people are echoing my thoughts. I just completed my MRI to rule in CD or out. I feel like it is sick to think this but I hope they can finally find what is wrong to begin a treatment plan. I really think I have CD, as I have had text book symptoms, the last straw was a kidney stone made of Calcium oxalate and my attacks have become more frequent.
The MRI was interesting (I have a bad back so have had MRIs before). If your lucky you'll get put in one that gives your head a little room to almost poke out... Almost. They made me drink the Barium an 1 hour before the test and then 30 mins before- nasty stuff, I have an extra low tolerance for things that make me nauseas and the Barium definitely did that almost lost it but held on. The Barium started to go through my system really fast- I had to run to the restroom about 10 mins after drinking the solution and kept on going every 10-15 mins. When we finally got me into the MRI they gave me the stuff to slow your bowels-WARNING they tell you this will make you nauseous, but really you will feel horrible!!after being injected I had a horrible hot flash followed by horrible nausea, and then i had to run to the bathroom straight away. After the slowing the bowel they the injected contrast... Which of course gave me the warm tingly feeling like I had to pee. I still felt pretty nauseous after leaving and went home to sleep off the horrible feeling... I woke up feeling extra horrible headache, nausea, sore throat, body aches, and high fever... Fun! No sure what happened but it definitely feels like my body is rejecting it self... I am guessing I am coming down with a cold (I have a horrible immune system), but plan on calling the doc in the am to make sure... I would live to hear if anyone else has had these side effects.

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I had this today I had to drink about 1.5 pints of a solution i think it was mannitol, with blackcurrant juice, it tasted fine, just like blackcurrant! I then got into a hospital gown as my clothes had too much metal to go into the scanner like that. I then got a needle in my arm and the nurse told me that they would put in something to dye my blood to make my vessels visible. The scan was fine, had the radio on along with the nurses instructions about my breathing she then told me they were going to put in the liquid and i felt a sudden rush of cold up my arm I would say this was the most unpleasant part of the whole day. I have however had stomach pains this evening and I'm thinking this was a result of the mannitol? Shaun, 16, Scotland.
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I had a small bowel mri last week and before I finished drinking the litre of clear fluid, I had to rush to the toilet to deal with a sudden attack of diarrhea. I informed the scan technician and he told me that it could not have gone through me that fast. I had an interesting twenty minutes in the scanner, keeping my buttocks clenched whilst holding my breath. Afterwards the tech told me that the fluid had gone right through me, because he could see it on the scanner, and he told me that something must be wrong for it to have acted like that.

Has anyone else had this experience and if so, is it cause for alarm? Incidentally, what is the purpose of the small bowel scan - what are they looking for?
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I had an MRE of the small bowel and that crap I drank gave me horrid diarreha. It is NOT uncommon at all. Put it this way, if your gut was empty before the test, you drank all the stuff which I might add has a TON of artificial sweetners in it( saccarhin and sucrose) which is known to cause awful diarrhea in a lot of people. I drank the stuff and believe me, I had to run to the toliet as soon as I had the test completed. The MRE only took about 20 minutes. I had a good tech who told me if you follow directions and dont move a muscle, he could get it done in 20 minutes and he did. But that stuff went through me too. I think it is normal for it to do that. I mean you were basically drinking laxatives( that is what artificial sweetners are really, they are irritant to the intestines..).


They are looking for inflammation in the small bowel and any narrowings..






I had a small bowel mri last week and before I finished drinking the litre of clear fluid, I had to rush to the toilet to deal with a sudden attack of diarrhea. I informed the scan technician and he told me that it could not have gone through me that fast. I had an interesting twenty minutes in the scanner, keeping my buttocks clenched whilst holding my breath. Afterwards the tech told me that the fluid had gone right through me, because he could see it on the scanner, and he told me that something must be wrong for it to have acted like that.

Has anyone else had this experience and if so, is it cause for alarm? Incidentally, what is the purpose of the small bowel scan - what are they looking for?
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Thanks. I'm a bit puzzled - I had a colonoscopy which showed inflammation, but my specialist told me it was nothing to worry about, then sent me for a small bowel mri. If it is nothing to worry about, why the mri?
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The MRI could show the full extent of the inflammation, as the colonoscopy can only go so far. Was it an abdominal or pelvic MRI scan?
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I don't know, all the form said was 'small bowel'.
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Hi All

I stumbled accross this support group and am so pleased I am not the only one out there going through this :-)

Last week I had the pleasure of a colonoscopy which didnt really show anything up - apart from the severe pain I had as it reached the area where I get pain (around the cepum- not sure if thats how its spelt).

I am booked in on Thursday to have the MRI scan- and by all means it sounds like I should be more worried about that then the butt camera! - although I guess I can enjoy loosing a couple of pounds after drinking the stuff -

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like maybe its all in their head. I know I get pain, terrible pain, but then when nothing is found I start questionning myself. - its becomming a real drag!

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Hi Angie,

I believe that a lot of bowel problems are stress-related, which is easily proved - soldiers getting diarrhea before a battle, or more mundanely, someone who suffers it before going on holiday for example, or before a job interview. So it is probable that someone who is nervous or insecure would experience long-term effects from stress, which would result in bowel problems.
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I had my mre booked today at 2.30pm and arrived an hour early as requested. I starved from 6.30pm the night before and only drank black coffee and lucozade up until it was time for my scan.

On arrival I was given a bottle of 1L Mannitol to drink within a period of 20 minutes. It kinda tasted like a cough medicine. It didn't taste that great so I held my nose and swallowed the whole lot as fast as I could. I was then asked to change into a gown and then I was taken to have a cannula inserted and then shown into the scanning room.

I laid on my tummy and some buscopan was injected and then about 15 minutes later a contrast was injected. My scan took about an hour and I was asked periodically to hold my breath. I wore headphones and listened to a cd whilst the scanner was running. I am claustaphobic but found lying on my tummy comfortable plus there was air con inside the machine. Once the scan was over I was advised to wait for 20 minutes incase I got diarrhoea but as I live 15 mins away from the hospital I chose to go home and risk it.

Its now 5 hours post mre and my tummy is growling at me. I ate a sandwich an hour ago and no sign of any diarrhoea yet. Fingers crossed for good results. I thought my experience was worth sharing with others who may be facing this kind of scan.

Just to update - no Diarrhoea this morning only pencil thin stools but that's normal for me since being unwell

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Well done! Let's hope that you will not experience any further 'discomforts' and a good night's sleep should see you right.
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ughh, I had an MRE and had to drink some nasty crap. It was light yellow in color and I sweet in taste. I believe it also was full of that artificial sweetner stuff. IT made so SOOOOO sick. I hardly got out of the machine and I was running to the toilet with awful Diarrhea all day long. I would NEVER drink that poison again. I even asked before hand to make sure there was no inactive ingredients in it due to me being sensitive. I knew when I started drinking it that the tech lied when he said there were none. I cannot tolerate ANY of those fake sugars at all. I will never drink that stuff again. They will have to come up with something without all that fake sugar stuff..... I am glad to did ok, that is great. Hope everything turns out ok.
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Hi All

I stumbled accross this support group and am so pleased I am not the only one out there going through this :-)

Last week I had the pleasure of a colonoscopy which didnt really show anything up - apart from the severe pain I had as it reached the area where I get pain (around the cepum- not sure if thats how its spelt).

I am booked in on Thursday to have the MRI scan- and by all means it sounds like I should be more worried about that then the butt camera! - although I guess I can enjoy loosing a couple of pounds after drinking the stuff -

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like maybe its all in their head. I know I get pain, terrible pain, but then when nothing is found I start questionning myself. - its becomming a real drag!

Angie
Yes occasionally I convince myself that it is just gas or an allergy, but then there was that colonoscopy in 2011 that said otherwise. But last catscan showed nothing and yet I am sick as a dog half the time. Diarrhea and other symptoms of crohns. Can't wait for the pillcam.
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Yes occasionally I convince myself that it is just gas or an allergy, but then there was that colonoscopy in 2011 that said otherwise. But last catscan showed nothing and yet I am sick as a dog half the time. Diarrhea and other symptoms of crohns. Can't wait for the pillcam.

I just have my results back from MRI and supposedly everything is normal, so now back to square one. Im still in pain but not allowed to take anything as my consultant doesnt want to mask any of it up. I am glad everything is normal, but that does now leave the question as to what the hell it is?
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