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Barium studies ( Meal, Swallow , Follow-Through, Enema

Description

Using barium, an inert substance, different parts of the gastro-intestinal tract are studied

Machine

Medford 300mA machine with an FUJI CR System

Preparation/ Instructions

Barium swallow for the esophagus requires no preparation. Barium meal for the stomach only needs six hours fasting and abstinence from smoking. Barium enema, follow-through need a more detailed abdominal preparation, which will be explained in detail when giving the appointment

Appointment

Not required for barium swallow. May be for the others.

10-20 minutes for barium swallow and meal. 1-4 hours for follow-through. 30-60 mins for barium enema

20-30 minutes

Report Given

Same day in most cases, otherwise the next day

Barium studies ( Meal, Swallow , Follow-Through, Enema

What are barium studies?

These are studies of the gastro-intestinal tract performed using barium sulphate and X-rays.

What are the different types of barium studies?

Depending on the area being examined, we have Barium Swallow, Barium Meal, Barium Meal-Follow-through, Barium Enema and Small Bowel Enema.

Barium Study – EnemaBarium Study – Bowel Enema

 

What are these for?

Barium Swallow is a study for the esophagus, Barium Meal for the stomach, Barium Meal Follow-through for the small bowel, Barium Enema for the large bowel and Small Bowel Enema for the small bowel. In Swallow, Meal and Meal-Follow-through examinations, the patient has to drink barium. In Barium Enema examinations, barium is given using an enema tube. In Small Bowel Enema examinations (enteroclysis), a tube is inserted from the nose to the duodenum and barium is administered.

How do barium examinations work?

Barium is an inert substance that coats the internal lining of the bowel and fills up its lumen. It is radio-opaque and thus seen very well on X-rays.

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Is there any danger?

Barium is an inert substance that coats the internal lining of the bowel and fills up its lumen. It is radio-opaque and thus seen very well on X-rays.

What preparation is required?

  • For Barium Swallow – none
  • For Barium Meal – at least six hours fasting
  • For Barium Meal-Follow-through, overnight fasting with laxative tablets for clearing the bowel
  • For Small Bowel and Barium Enema, overnight fasting with liquid diet the day before and aggressive clearing of the bowel with laxative tablets the night before and in the morning.
Barium Study – SwallowHow much time do they take?

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