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Can I take barium for CT scan twice in same week?

Can I take barium for CT scan twice in same week?

Yes, check with MD: Often, it isn't barium but another oral contrast. Barium can cause constipation; some of the other contrasts cause diarrhea. I don't know you, so can't say if you can tolerate it. Check with your md. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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I have to take a CT scan next week for abdomen and pelvis and need to drink barium sulfate. I am concerned about allergic reactions. are they common ?

I have to take a CT scan next week for abdomen and pelvis and need to drink barium sulfate. I am concerned about allergic reactions. are they common ?

Severe reactions: to Barium Sulfate are very rare, about 1 out of 1,000,000. Minor reactions like cramps or constipation are common and usually resolve quickly. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I'm doing a barium swallow CT scan. Can I take my Prevacid (lansoprazole) or is a PPI a contradiction?

Ask your doc.: Clarify this with your doctor. With many tests, instructions about taking current meds on the day of testing should be addressed. Check any pre-test instructions you may have received. Or ask the radiology department for the answer (they can contact your doc, too, if there is a question about taking them or not). ...Read more

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How do I get rid of CT scan barium sulfate? How does barium sulfate leave the body once you've had a CT scan? I drank 4 cups of water and 500 ml 1% barium sulfate for a CT scan i had and i was wondering how it leaves the body and how long it takes. I hav

How do I get rid of CT scan barium sulfate? How does barium sulfate leave the body once you've had a CT scan? I drank 4 cups of water and 500 ml 1% barium sulfate for a CT scan i had and i was wondering how it leaves the body and how long it takes.  I hav

Barium: Barium leaves the body through the intestine in the feces. However, because barium is constipating, some patients may have trouble getting the barium out of the intestine. I would drink plenty of fluids, but if there is no bowel movement for 2 or 3 days, a laxative may be necessary so that the barium can be eliminated from the intestine. ...Read more

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I have to take barium sulfate before a cat scan - how does it taste? Will I gag?

Tastes variable: Many barium admixtures are flavored, so it varies from place to place. The barium mixtures are more tolerable than the purely water soluble contrasts. ...Read more

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Need to do barium for CT scan. I'm nursing. They said the barium is safe. Is it really safe for her? She is 10 weeks.

Yes.: The barium is inert. It won't be absorbed by the body, the ingested barium will pass through the bowel and be eliminated in the feces. Your baby will therefore not be exposed to any barium at all. ...Read more

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Is barium safe with CT scan?

Yes,: barium is safe with a CT scan. Dilute barium is often used as oral contrast for a CT. Non dilute barium(for example from a barium enema) will cause an artifact on CT which could obscure much of the anatomy and render the scan useless, so although it is not harmful to you, it could ruin the scan. ...Read more

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Are allergic reactions likely with drinking barium for a CT scan?

No: If you don't have previous allergies to shellfish, iodine, or IV contrast, your chance of an allergic reaction is relatively low. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...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