What is Barium Enema Single Contrast?
The Barium Enema single contrast test is an imaging procedure performed by inserting liquid barium solution through the anus by enema and taking a photograph of the colon and rectum using X-Rays using a single contrast mode. These pictures are then visually assessed to identify abnormalities. The single contrast test uses only a single contrast mode to create an image, and is preferred over the double contrast test in cases where very clear and accurate images are not required like measuring length of a blockage or abnormality affecting the colon, checking for any leaks after colon surgery.
Why is Barium Enema Single Contrast done?
- • To evaluate the cause of any blood in the stools • To evaluate the cause of any change in your bowel movements • To diagnose any suspected colorectal cancer • To diagnose suspected diverticular disease or polyps or cysts in the colon or rectum • To look for any blockages in the colon or rectum • To diagnose the cause of any non-specific stomach pain
Preparation for Barium Enema Single Contrast
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
- Get the blood urea and creatinine test done to evaluate kidney function and to ensure safety of contrast before taking up the procedure.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.
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