Barium Enema

A series of x-rays of the lower gastrointestinal tract

A barium enema is a series of x-rays of the lower gastrointestinal tract.
 
The patient lies on an x-ray table and a liquid that contains barium (a silver-white metallic compound) is put into the rectum.
 
The barium flows through the colon and coats the lower gastrointestinal tract.
 
X-rays are taken to look for abnormal areas.
 
Any abnormal areas show up as black against the white liquid.
 
This procedure is also known as a lower gastrointestinal (GI) series.
 
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