Barium Enema

A 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.

Procedure

  • 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.
  • The procedure takes about one hour.

Preparation

  • Bring a list of current medications.
  • You will receive detailed preparation information at the time of scheduling or by mail. 
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