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Barium Enema

Photo of a man lying on his side lying on X-ray machine having a barium enema

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

Barium flows through a tube placed in the person’s rectum. The radiologist uses fluoroscopy to monitor the passage of the barium through the colon and to help position the person for X-ray images.

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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