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Dietary preparation information for an MRI small bowel study

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Please follow these dietary instructions carefully

It is important that your bowel is very clean so that the examination is likely to be a success.

On the day before your examination

You should:

  • Keep to a low fibre / low residue diet.
  • Drink plenty of clear fluids all day.
  • Have nothing more to eat after 4pm, but continue to drink plenty of clear fluids for the rest of the day.

Acceptable low fibre foods are:

  • Butter / margarine used sparingly.
  • Eggs (boiled or poached).
  • Crisped rice cereal, Corn flakes, but no bran.
  • Potatoes without skin (boiled / mashed / baked).
  • Pasta (macaroni / spaghetti / noodles).
  • White rice: boiled.
  • Meat / fish: minced or well cooked lean beef / lamb / pork / veal / poultry / fish.
  • Gravy using stock cubes (white flour / corn flour may be used to thicken).
  • White bread / toast.
  • Sugar / sweetner.
  • Clear Jelly.

No fruit or vegetables (except potatoes).

No dairy products.

On the day of your examination

Please have nothing to eat or drink!

The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.

Publication Date: July 2020

Review Date: April 2023

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