MR enteroclysis in the diagnosis of small-bowel neoplasms

Radiology. 2010 Mar;254(3):765-73. doi: 10.1148/radiol.09090828.


Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and interobserver variance of magnetic resonance (MR) enteroclysis in the diagnosis of small-bowel neoplasms, with small-bowel endoscopy, surgery, histopathologic analysis, and follow-up serving as standards of reference, and to identify MR enteroclysis characteristics capable of enabling discrimination between benign and malignant small-bowel neoplasms.

Materials and methods: This study was performed in accordance with the guidelines of the institutional review board, and the requirement for informed consent was waived. MR enteroclysis studies of 91 patients (43 women, 48 men; age range, 18-83 years) were retrospectively evaluated by two radiologists blinded to clinical details. Only studies explicitly performed to investigate or exclude the presence of small-bowel neoplasms were included. Radiologic findings were compared with findings of double-balloon endoscopy (n = 45), surgery (n = 18), esophagogastroduodenoscopy (n = 3), ileocolonoscopy (n = 2), autopsy (n = 2), and clinical follow-up for more than 18 months (n = 21). Efficacy parameters were calculated with 95% confidence intervals. Tumor characteristics were compared with the Student t test and the Fisher exact test.

Results: Readers 1 and 2 interpreted 31 and 33 studies, respectively, as depicting a small-bowel neoplasm and 19 and 17 studies, respectively, as depicting small-bowel malignancy. In 32 patients, the presence of small-bowel neoplasm was confirmed. In 19 of these patients, the neoplasm was malignant. Sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of small-bowel neoplasms was 0.91 and 0.95, respectively, for reader 1 and 0.94 and 0.97, respectively, for reader 2; the kappa value was 0.95. Factors associated with malignancy were the presence of longer solitary nonpedunculated lesions, mesenteric fat infiltration, and enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes.

Conclusion: Eighty-six of 91 studies were correctly interpreted, resulting in an overall diagnostic accuracy of 0.95 for MR enteroclysis in the detection of small-bowel neoplasms.

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MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • False Negative Reactions
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Intestine, Small*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Reference Standards
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Contrast Media