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Barium Meal Follow Through

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  1. 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.
  2. 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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What is Barium Meal Follow Through?

The barium meal follow-through test is an imaging test used to diagnose the ailments in the patient’s small intestines. This test is crucial to determine the small intestine ailments like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and bowel cancer.


In this test, the patient drinks a contrast medium with barium sulphate, which appears white in X-rays. As the barium passes through the digestive tract, X-ray images are taken at 0, 20, 40 and 90 minutes, enabling the radiologist to see the small intestine. The test is complete when the barium sulphate enters the large intestine. The barium sulphate medium is non-poisonous and passed out as stool.

Why is Barium Meal Follow Through done?

  1. • 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 cancer of the small intestine • To diagnose suspected diverticular disease or polyps or cysts of the small intestine • To diagnose the cause of any non-specific stomach pain

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