What is MRE?
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mre stands for Meal, Ready to Eat. They are military meals that contain a balanced mix of carbohydrates and fats. The typical menu includes a bread item such as biscuits or muffins; a spread such as peanut butter or cheese spread; a main entree item such as ham slices in barbecue sauce or beef strips in mushroom gravy; and powdered beverages and snacks. The MREs are stored in a case that protects them from heat, cold, and moisture. Each MRE contains an average of 1250 kilocalories (13 % protein, 36 % fat, and 51 % carbohydrates) and provides 1/3 of the military’s Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins and minerals.

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MRE is an imaging test that uses magnetic resonance to measure the stiffness of liver tissue. It is being used to assess the severity of liver disease in people with known or suspected liver fibrosis, an early stage of scarring that can lead to cirrhosis. It is a noninvasive alternative to biopsy and can be done more quickly. It also may be able to help guide treatment decisions.

To perform mre, you lie on a table while wearing a gown. Then, a machine called an MRI system creates pictures of your liver and other organs. Then, a doctor specially trained in reading MRIs interprets the images and reports the results to you. If you have hepatitis C or fibrosis, MRE can show how much your liver has become stiff. If you don’t get treated, liver fibrosis can progress to cirrhosis and lead to liver failure.