How accurate is MRI in the detection of a small-bowel obstruction (SBO)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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The accuracy of MRI almost approaches that of CT scanning for the detection of obstructions. [13] MRI is also effective in defining the location and etiology of obstruction. [22] MRI has several limitations, however, including lack of availability (transporting sicker patients is difficult) and poor visualization of masses and inflammation. [23, 24]


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