The procedure takes approximately thirty minutes.
The patient will be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown.
Once in the exam room, a certified technologist will insert a catheter into the rectum. A barium solution will be instilled into the colon while the physician monitors the progress to visualize the entire colon. There may be some minor cramping during the study, if so please inform the physician. Once the contrast has been administered, the staff will acquire multiple X-rays.
The electronic images are acquired, transmitted and stored in a digital format. The images, along with its reports, are immediately available for electronic transmission to referring physicians. Our facility can also accept similar images from other facilities for comparisons to prior studies. This becomes very important in identifying any pertinent changes in the health status of the region of interest.
The patient should obtain a FLEETS PREP KIT from any drugstore and follow the 12-hour instructions on the box the day before the exam. The patient should be fasting for at least 8 hours prior to the exam – ideally, nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the exam is scheduled. If the patient is on prescribed medication, he/she should continue taking their medication as directed with a small glass of water.
Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities.