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Can you tell me what are barium studies?

Can you tell me what are barium studies?

Barium studies: are x-ray tests used to examine the digestive tract (colon,esophagus, stomach, and small intestine). Because these organs are not visible on x-rays,barium is used as contrast, a liquid that shows up on x-rays. The barium coats the lining, making the outline of these organs visible on the xray.This test is useful for diagnosing cancers, ulcers, strictures, and other abnormalities. ...Read more

Barium (Definition)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more


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Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Which is it?: Barium enema and fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) are different things - ba enema is only used by doctors to enhance xrays of the intestines while fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) is a home remedy which should also be used with great caution in infants. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What does a barium enema look for?

Anatomy: Mostly it is used to study the anatomy of the lower intestine. If there is narrowing or widening of any area or if there is a suspicious looking mass in the lower intestine, this would allow your doctor to decide what the next best test or treatment should be. ...Read more

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How much do barium enema testing cost?

How much do barium enema testing cost?

Cost varies : There are usually 2 charges for any x-ray test a technical charge and a physician charge. Make sure you ask for the physician fee information as well as the hospital or x-ray center charge when you check costs. Costs vary greatly at different hospitals so you may want to comparison shop if you have no insurance. Also adk if there is a cash discount and/or assistance based on income. ...Read more

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What are the common reasons for a barium enema?

Cancer/Infection: Typically, a barium enema is performed to evaluate the colon for cancer, infection, inflammatory diseases. It can be requested when a colonoscopy is incomplete or not able to be performed. See: http://www.Webmd.Com/colorectal-cancer/barium-enema. ...Read more

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I had a barium enema last week. What does this mean?

A barium enema: Is a procedure performed in radiology under fluoroscopy. The radiologist fills the colon with barium and sometimes with air to look for polyps, masses, diverticular disease, and areas of narrowing. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Barium Enema (Definition)

Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Feel ...Read more