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Keywords:

  • colon;
  • gastric emptying;
  • magnetic resonance imaging;
  • motility;
  • small bowel

Abstract

Background  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful technique for evaluating gastrointestinal (GI) motor functions because it provides multi-planar imaging capability, high imaging speed, good spatial resolution and excellent soft tissue contrast. Moreover, multiple parameters of GI function can be assessed non-invasively during a single study.

Purpose  This critical review of the literature discusses the strengths and limitations of MRI for evaluating GI motor functions.