Barium Enema Prep

Barium Enema Preparation

How to Prepare for Your Barium Enema Exam

  • Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your appointment for patient registration.
  • Before arriving for your exam let the Scheduling Department at AMI know:
    • Whether there is any chance you are pregnant.
    • Are allergic to barium or latex.
    • If you have had an upper digestive barium test (Upper GI or barium swallow) recently.
  • 1-3 days before your exam please abide by a clear liquid diet.
  • Day before test:
    • Drink large amounts of non-carbonated clear liquids.
    • Drink the prep material provided by AMI.
  • Date of the test:
    • Bowel preparation requires liquid passing through the bowel to be free of any stool.
    • You may be required to repeat the enema until the liquid that passes is free of any stool.