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Barium Enema


Barium Enema

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barium enema is an x-ray exam of your rectum and colon. This test helps your doctor detect problems such as a blockage, a tumor, polyps, or other disorders.

Barium Enema

X-rays will be taken during your exam.

Before Your Test

  • Switch to a liquid diet 2 days before your exam.
  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before your exam.
  • Use a suppository, laxative, or enema if you have been instructed to do so.

During Your Test

  • A tube is inserted into your rectum.
  • Your colon is filled with barium (a liquid that improves the x-ray images).
  • You will be asked to move into different positions and hold your breath while x-rays are taken.
  • Pressure may be applied to your belly to get the best images.
  • The last x-ray will be taken after you go to the bathroom.

Let the Technologist Know About the Following:

  • Symptoms you're having
  • Allergies
  • Any previous surgery
  • Medications you take
  • You're pregnant or think you may be

After Your Test

  • Drink plenty of water to relieve constipation you may have after the test.
  • Your stool may appear white or light for a day or two.
  • Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone.
  • Your next appointment is: ________________

Discover leading-edge gastroenterology care. Call Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County at 949.612.9090 or simply use the Request an Appointment form.

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