Barium Enema

Barium Enema

Dr. Kennedy
A barium enema exam is a series of x-rays of the lower intestine (colon) and rectum that are taken after the patient is given an enema with a white, chalky solution that contains barium as barium sulfate. The barium is radio-opaque and thus outlines the intestines on x-ray. These x-rays permit the detection of colon and rectal abnormalities including diverticulosis, diverticulitis, abnormal colon movement, dilation (widening) of the colon, polyps and cancers of the colon and rectum.

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