Barium Enema

Barium Enema

A barium enema is an examination of the large intestine. Barium enemas are used to help diagnose diseases and other problems that affect the large intestine such as colon cancer or colon polyps, unexplained weight loss, or a narrowing of the walls of the intestine. Barium enema’s can also be used to monitor the progression of diseases affecting the intestine.

There are two types of procedures that can be performed: a single-contrast study, or an air-contrast study.