Magnetic resonance enterography MRE (1541)

Key points below

What is an MRE?

The Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRE) is an imaging test used to help make a diagnosis. It is used to evaluate some gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. These may include inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease. 

The MRE pictures will be taken in an MRI scanner.  An MRI scanner is a machine that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to take pictures of areas inside of the body.  It does not use radiation. There are no known harmful effects from having an MRI.

Special PreparationMRE

Do not let your child eat or drink anything before the MRE. Use the guide below:
Solid food.  Stop 12 hours before the scan.
Clear liquids.  Stop 6 hours before the scan.
It is important that you follow these special instructions. If your child eats or drinks anything after the times listed above, the scan cannot be done.

Important information

Please note:
If your child has diabetes or is taking medicine, check with their doctor about these special instructions.

How the scan is done

During the scan:  

After the scan


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