(small pouches in the wall of the large intestine)
Thickening of the lining of the large intestine
What to Expect
Prior to Test
If you are allergic to latex or barium, tell your doctor.
Since your intestines must be empty before this test, your doctor may ask you to:
Eat a clear liquid diet.
Use a warm water or over-the-counter enema.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Description of Test
The doctor will gently insert a well-lubricated enema tube into your rectum. In some cases, you may be given an injection to relax the rectum. Barium will be inserted through the tube. A small balloon at the end of the tube will be inflated. This is to keep the barium inside. The doctor will reposition you several times to ensure that the barium coats the walls of the colon and rectum. A small amount of air will be inserted through the tube. The doctor will take a series of x-rays. After this, the enema tube will be removed.
After the test, you:
Will be shown to the bathroom to pass the barium and may be given a laxative
May feel mild to moderate abdominal cramping and may need to wait before driving home
Can return to your regular diet unless told otherwise by your doctor
Can return to regular activities when you feel ready
Should drink lots of fluids (barium can cause
May have white or gray stool for 2-3 days after the test (due to the barium)
After your test, follow your doctor's
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-2 hours
Will It Hurt?
You may feel discomfort when the enema tube is inserted. During the test, you may have bloating and severe cramping. You may also feel as if you need to move your bowels.
It may take up to few days to receive your test results. If the results are abnormal, your doctor will recommend:
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement (two or more days after the exam)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a