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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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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. 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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What is the difference between a CT colonoscopy and a barium enema?

What is the difference between a CT 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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Do you give the patient barium enema in CT ?

Do you give the patient barium enema in CT ?

Barium Enema: Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. This uc different from a ct scan. Feel free to visit www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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Can colorectal cancer be diagnosed by CT and barium enema ?

Can colorectal cancer be diagnosed by CT and barium enema ?

No: You need a biopsy for diagnosis. Ct and barium enema can be highly suggestive, but pathology is required. ...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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Is there a difference between a barium swallow and a barium enema?

Is there a difference between a barium swallow and a barium enema?

Location, location: Barium swallow is what it sounds like: swallow barium, shows up on xray film; looks at esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel (duodenum) if done as upper GI series. No prep, empty stomach. Barium enema looks at the colon (not so good for the rectum). After prep to clean colon, barium (with or without air for contrast) pumped into colon to get an outline on xray. ...Read more

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

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 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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Comparison of diagnosis colorectal cancer between ctscan and barium enema?

Depends on size: Can see the blood supply of tumour mass on a cat scan.. But small polyps do not show... Be does not see polyps, but does see tumour.. Colonoscopy with a perfect prep is the gold standard for large and small. ...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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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


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