tgBarium Enema

barium enema,barium sulfate, contrast enema
 

A complete cleaning of the entire intestinal tract is required before performing this procedure.  Many times this includes several series of enemas to empty the large intestine of any material.
An opaque solution (barium sulfate)  given by an enema to allow x-ray examination of the lower intestinal tract.

Barium Sulfate is injected into the colon for diagnostic purposes. It absorbs X-rays, leaving a picture of the shape of the hollow inside of the colon. Sometimes most of the barium is released and then air (or CO2) is injected to distend the colon again. This is called a double contrast enema. It leaves a barium coating the colon wall, and gives a ghostly image of the lining of the colon.

The barium enema procedure can be an uncomfortable experience as you are required to take and hold 2 to four quarts of barium enema solution.
Many times the technician will use a  balloon catheter to help the anus to hold the solution from being expelled during the procedure.  This catheter normally has two balloons on it one which is inserted inside the anus and then inflated.  The second balloon remains outside the anus and is inflated.  Thus making for a tight seal so solution is not released during the procedure. 

 During their procedure you will be placed in several different positions so that the technician can ensure a complete viewing of the entire colon that has been distended with barium.

  Using an enema of opaque barium sulfate allowing examination of the entire colon by x-ray. Barium Sulfate is infused into the colon for diagnostic purposes. They may inject as much as 3 or 4 qts. of barium to distend the entire colon. It absorbs X-rays, leaving a picture of the shape of the inside of the colon. Many times the barium is released and then air (or CO2) is injected into the colon distending it again. This is called a double contrast barium enema it leaves a barium coating the colon wall, and gives an almost clear image of the lining of the colon.  

Barium Enema Drawing

This drawing illustrates barium being injected into the rectum as the enema progresses it will completely distend the entire colon.
The decision to perform a barium enema is based on a person's history of abnormal bowel movements.
These can include diarrhea, constipation, any lower abdominal pain they are exhibiting , blood, mucus or pus in their stool.

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Warning: Do not use enemas or laxatives if abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting are present unless directed by your health care provider.
 Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative or enema may indicate a serious condition.
 Discontinue use and consult your health care provider.
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