A 67-year-old member asked:
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barium enma test requires i drink a prep & enema 4 evacuation. but i have an ostomy bag and stoma. should i take the prep if my rectum is inactive?

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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The purpose of the prep is to get all of the stool out of your colon so that the walls of your colon can be seen on the x-ray. This is important as all the x-ray sees is what the barium sticks too, be it your colon or whatever is in it. If the prep isn't good enough, you'll likely have to repeat it or go in for more invasive tests.
Answered on Sep 6, 2016
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