Assessment of gastrointestinal motor functions by MRI: a comprehensive review
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Neurogastroenterology & Motility
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 399–407, May 2011
How to Cite
Marciani, L. (2011), Assessment of gastrointestinal motor functions by MRI: a comprehensive review. Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 23: 399–407. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2982.2011.01670.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2011
- Received: 14 May 2010 Accepted for publication: 4 January 2011
- gastric emptying;
- magnetic resonance imaging;
- small bowel
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.