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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

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. ...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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My one month old is scheduled for a gastrointestinal X-ray with a barium enema; is this safe?

My one month old is scheduled for a gastrointestinal X-ray with a barium enema; is this safe?

Yes, very safe: The radiologist will make every effort to minimize the radiation used and make your baby as comfortable as possible. These exams are routine and safe. ...Read more

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How do abdominal x-rays and barium enema affect a patient's gynecological exposure?

How do abdominal x-rays and barium enema affect a patient's gynecological exposure?

Organs exposed: The female pelvic organs get directly exposed during these procedure and the dose depends on the number of xrays performed. ...Read more

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Does barium enema have risk for ovaries if I have infection? Does x prep gonna make me go to toilet long after the barium enema?

Does barium enema have risk for ovaries if I have infection? Does x prep gonna make me go to toilet long after the barium enema?

The barium: enema will have no effect on a pelvic infection. Once the x-prep has achieved its goal, it shouldn't be of any more concern. ...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 will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...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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Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

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

Be: You need to have a clean colon. Usually have GoLytely the evening before tomake sure there is no stool that can mask any abnormalities on the colon wall. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

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


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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