This exam is to done to show the large bowel and anus.
This exam requires special preparation. Preparation takes place over a period of
2 – 3 days prior to the exam. Preparation is given to cleanse the bowel prior to the exam. In addition, patients are to have nothing to eat or drink after 12 midnight the night before the exam.
Following the exam, the patient is encouraged to increase their water intake as well as increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet. This helps in the removal of the Barium from the bowel.
Preparation for children will depend on what the physician is looking for.
Download Barium Enema guide for more information prior to your exam.