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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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After barium x-ray even if seen tumors are too big to be removed by colonoscopy, still colonoscopy will be done, am I right or maybe not?

After barium x-ray even if seen tumors are too big to be removed by colonoscopy, still colonoscopy will be done, am I right or maybe not?

Most likely: Unless xray findings unequivocally show that surgery is needed rather urgently, colonoscopy to get a tissue diagnosis would be recommended. In a case like this the attending physician would review the xrays with the radiologist and a surgeon and then determine the likely diagnosis and the next recommended step-diagnostic colonoscopy or colon surgery. ...Read more

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After barium x-ray even if seen tumors are too big to be removed by colonoscopy, still colonoscopy will be done, am I right or maybe not?

After barium x-ray even if seen tumors are too big to be removed by colonoscopy, still colonoscopy will be done, am I right or maybe not?

Yes: Dear MarkM, yes, a colonoscopy is still needed because doctors need a piece of tissue to determine what kind of tumor it is, which will then determine the treatment. I hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema test and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema test and a colonoscopy?

One uses xrays: barium enem is putting a fluid in your rectum and taking xrays by a radiologist. A gi doctor looks at the inside of your colon using a long scope to diagnose issues and can biopsy a lesion at the same time ...Read more

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What kind of prep is needed for a barium enema as opposed to a colonoscopy?

Ask the provider: Each provider may have their own prep. Here is a link that may answer more of your questions. Http://www. Radiologyinfo. Org/en/info. Cfm? Pg=lowergi ...Read more

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What is the difference between an air contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between an air contrast barium enema and a colonoscopy?

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

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What is difference between colonoscopy and barium enema in terms of information?

Significant: Colonoscopy is a direct look at the lining of the colon vs an indirect x-ray shadow of a barium enema (be). If something is seen on a colonoscopy, it can be treated or biopsied. The be can miss things in the rectum and should include a flex sig to evaluate that area. You are sedated for a colonoscopy. No sedation for a be. Both are acceptable measures for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

CT colonoscopy: Is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

CT colonoscopy: Is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Must I have contrast injection during virtual colonoscopy? What about drinking barium? Can virtual colon be done without one or both of these?

Must I have contrast injection during virtual colonoscopy? What about drinking barium? Can virtual colon be done without one or both of these?

Yes: The virtual colonoscopy can be done without using any contrast material and just using carbon dioxide or room air into the bowel. The procedure is relatively new and constantly changing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Yes: A sbft can be safely performed after a colonoscopy as soon as bowels start moving as expected after this procedure. ...Read more

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Will a barium test show all of the stool in the small and large intestines? Is it typical to have one performed weeks before the first colonoscopy?

No and no: Barium is a contrast agent which helps the visualization of the bowel during X-ray studies. When given as an enema, it helps for large bowel (colon) examination. Orally, it can help for small bowel evaluation. Neither route is useful for imaging BOTH large and small bowel. If the patient has taken proper bowel preparation measures, there is in fact no stool in the bowel to degrade the visualization. ...Read more

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Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now. If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Had an incomplete colonoscopy due to a redundant colon. Going for a barium enema now. If polyps are discovered in that area how can they be removed?

Options include:: ...A retry at colonoscopy under deeper sedation with altered technique and/or by a different physician. Surgery is another choice, appropriate to size, location, extent of polyps.. ...Read more

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Gastritis w/diarrhea for 3 months I've been to a gastroenterologist several times, had a colonoscopy, edg, barium MRI found nothing but sill having d?

Gastritis w/diarrhea for 3 months I've been to a gastroenterologist several times, had a colonoscopy, edg, barium MRI found nothing but sill having d?

Chronic Diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea can be due to a lot of things. Stool studies are done to rule out infectious etiogies. Make sure you get tested for thyroid disorder/lactose intolerance/celiac disease/chronic pancreatitis. If all workups are negative, chronic diarrhea might be from ibs (irritable bowel disease) specially if its associated with abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I have had loose stool for 3 years have had colonoscopy, barium study and no answers, there is blood in it, about 2 times a week. I go about 6 x a day?

See a GI specialist: You can try a gluten free diet. Barium studies and colonoscopy are not sensitive or specific when the symptoms are loose stools. If you go to a gastroenterologist, they will most likely start with dietary modification, like a gluten free diet. This is associated with less risk than continuing with invasive procedures. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a CT colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema and a CT colonoscopy?

A barium enema has: Slightly more radiation exposure, requires you to flip and turn on the table until the radiologist is satisfied with the images, and in the end reveals slightly less information than the CT. The CT requires slightly less radiation exposure, allows you to lie flat on your back, and gives the radiologist more internal information. But a traditional colonoscopy is the first choice. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more