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What is difference between colonoscopy and barium enema in terms of information?
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Kim
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Details
During a colonoscopy, it is possible to examine the colon in detail and obtain biopsies or remove the polyps if found.
A barium enema, provides an image with relative low resolution. If something is found on the barium enema, a colonoscopy is necessary in order to determine what it is.

In brief: Details
During a colonoscopy, it is possible to examine the colon in detail and obtain biopsies or remove the polyps if found.
A barium enema, provides an image with relative low resolution. If something is found on the barium enema, a colonoscopy is necessary in order to determine what it is.
Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
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