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when a fluroscopic single contrast enema of the rectum is performed by radiology, what would be the reason for a doctor to request that kind of test?

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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Checking to see: if there is any findings in the rectum such as polyps. Depending on the reason for the test, internal hemorrhoid may become visible. Sometimes an evaluation of the muscles of the pelvic floor can be evaluated that way.

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Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

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BE preparation: The radiologist will want to have your colon cleansed thoroughly before the procedure. The exact type of preparation varies but the principle is the same. Cleaning the colon will result in more accurate pictures. If not cleaned, residual stool may obscure the real problem or lead to confusion that it may be a tumor/cancer...
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Can you eat and drink after barium enema?

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What are some common side-effects or risks involved in barium enema?

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What are the common reasons for a barium enema?

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it ethical for my family doctor to force me to have my xray in his office and not at a radiology facility?

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Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Depends: You should be allowed a choice of where to have your radiology studies and lab works done. In cases where the doctor feel that it may be urgent for him/her to look at your xray right away, the doctor may recommend that you get the xray in the office. But to be forced to do so is a different manner.
Dr. Ronald Holzman
Mammography, Breast Ultrasound 47 years experience
Youshould also ask whether study is being performed by the doctor , or an X-ray tech, and whether the study is to be read by a Radiologist
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