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Barium Enema X-Ray


Picture of a barium enema and how it looks on an X-ray

A well-lubricated enema tube is inserted gently into the rectum. Then barium contrast material is slowly put into the colon. At certain times, X-ray pictures called spot films are taken of different areas of the colon.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Last RevisedApril 25, 2011

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