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Barium enema

A barium enema is an X-ray exam that can detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon). The procedure is also called a colon X-ray.

An enema is the injection of a liquid into your rectum through a small tube. In this case, the liquid contains a metallic substance (barium) that coats the lining of the colon. Normally, an X-ray produces a poor image of soft tissues, but the barium coating results in a relatively clear silhouette of the colon.

During a barium enema exam, air may be pumped into the colon. The air expands the colon and improves the quality of images. This is called an air-contrast (double-contrast) barium enema.

Before a barium enema, your doctor will instruct you to completely empty your colon.


Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect Results

Your doctor may recommend a barium enema to determine the cause of signs and symptoms, such as the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Persistent constipation

A barium enema X-ray may enable your doctor to detect such conditions as:

  • Abnormal growths (polyps)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

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