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what is the difference between a colonoscopy and a double-contrast barium enema?

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Dr. Douglas Bourgon
22 years experience Radiology
Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining.
Answered on May 24, 2015
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