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What does it mean when a test of X-ray of small bowel?
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Looking at intestine
A small bowel xray is one way that doctors can check to see it looks the way it should and can help decide if it working the way it should.
Usually you are given something to drink (a thick substance called barium) that makes your intestines show up on the xray. Depending on how your intestine looks on the xray, it can help doctors find the problem.

In brief: Looking at intestine
A small bowel xray is one way that doctors can check to see it looks the way it should and can help decide if it working the way it should.
Usually you are given something to drink (a thick substance called barium) that makes your intestines show up on the xray. Depending on how your intestine looks on the xray, it can help doctors find the problem.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
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In brief: Check small bowel
The small bowel lies between stomach and colon.
Both of these other areas are accesible with endoscopy ( tube with light source) while the small bowel often studied either by swallow pill that takes pictures of the small bowel (pill cam) or by ingesting barium, taking x-ray pictures at different times. Also dedicated small bowel study called enteroclysis which combines barium and methyl cellulose.

In brief: Check small bowel
The small bowel lies between stomach and colon.
Both of these other areas are accesible with endoscopy ( tube with light source) while the small bowel often studied either by swallow pill that takes pictures of the small bowel (pill cam) or by ingesting barium, taking x-ray pictures at different times. Also dedicated small bowel study called enteroclysis which combines barium and methyl cellulose.
Dr. John Lipman
Dr. John Lipman
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