MR imaging of the small bowel using polyethylene glycol solution as an oral contrast agent in adults and children with celiac disease: preliminary observations

Andrea Laghi, Pasquale Paolantonio, Carlo Catalano, Lucia Dito, Iacopo Carbone, Maria Barbato, Ernesto Tomei, Roberto Passariello
AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology 2003, 180 (1): 191-4

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our report is to describe morphologic abnormalities of the small bowel in a population of patients with known celiac disease using MR imaging with polyethylene glycol solution as an oral contrast agent.

CONCLUSION: Polyethylene glycol-enhanced MR imaging is a noninvasive (no ionizing radiation is used), feasible, and reproducible imaging technique in both adult and pediatric populations. Findings on polyethylene glycol-enhanced MR imaging, similar to those of conventional barium studies, may suggest a diagnosis of celiac disease because the technique can not only reveal intestinal involvement but also show extraintestinal findings.

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