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What type of doctor can order a barium enema?

What type of doctor can order a barium enema?

Many: A barium enema is a radiologic examination of the colon to look for defects, tumors and obstructions. Barium salts block x-rays, coating the lining which gives a better view of the colon. This can be ordered by your family doctor, a GI doctor, a surgeon, an er doctor, or a hospitalist. It is performed and evaluated by a radiologist. ...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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Have chronic PID but at the moment treated by doctors words, went for barium enema due to pain in colon. They found nothing. What can be the cause?

Have chronic PID but at the moment treated by doctors words, went for barium enema due to pain in colon. They found nothing. What can be the cause?

Treatment for PID: PID is a condition where a pathogen (sexually transmitted) goes up the cervix and uterus and through the fallopian tubes, into the pelvix, causing a more widespread infection. This is separate from your colon and if you're in severe pain, you will need antibiotic treatment, possibly a laparoscopic surgery if imaging shows an abscess. A barium enema would not be helpful for PID. ...Read more

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What is generally performed first: a barium enema or a myelography?

Totally different!: These investigations are for totally different systems: a barium enema is to evaluate the architecture of the colon (AKA large intestine). Myelography is kind of an older type of evaluation of the spinal fluid and fluid around the brain. ...Read more

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I had a barium enema because of diverticulitis problems and haven't heard results. How long should I wait?

I had a barium enema because of diverticulitis problems and haven't heard results. How long should I wait?

A few days.: In most practices the study will be read that day and the report out the next. If you dont hear in a week call. ...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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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 is the difference bewteen a proctogram and barium enema?

very different: During a proctogram, your doctor inserts a tube through the anus into the rectum and looks through the tube. A barium enema is done by inserting a tube in a similar fashion but then filling the colon with barium and watching under x ray to look at the outline of the colon. ...Read more

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Barium enema after a perirectal abscess surgery, what do you recommend?

Enema is needed: Barium is probably not the contrast media I would choose. I would perform . I would choose a water soluble media. Just in case the cause of the abscess was a hole in the bowel. Better to have water soluble contrast rather than barium. As always best to talk to the doctors ...Read more

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Got my results from the barium enema test that i did and they saw that my colon is extremly long and large... Explains why I have been constipated my?

Got my results from the barium enema test that i did and they saw that my colon is extremly long and large... Explains why I have been constipated my?

Constipation is: Common, a dilated, colon could be a sign of hirschsprung disease with lack of proper innervation. This is quite rare. Ask the family doctor if it is the cause, in the mean time, ask them to help you with diet and fiber. ...Read more

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