Barium Enema

A barium enema is a series of x-rays of the lower intestine and the rectum that are taken after the patient is given an enema that contains barium (contrast agent). The barium highlights the intestines on the images obtained. This exam is used for the detection of colon and rectal abnormalities including diverticulosis, dilation of the colon, polyps and cancers of the colon and rectum.

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