Barium Enema Prep
The barium enema requested by your physician is an examination of your colon or large intestine. It can be very important in diagnosing disorders of the large intestine.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR COLON BE THOROUGHLY CLEANSED FOR THIS EXAMINATION. EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF RETAINED STOOL MAY HIDE ABNORMALITIES. IN ADDITION, IF YOUR BOWEL IS COMPLETELY EMPTY, THE BARIUM ENEMA WILL BE LESS UNCOMFORTABLE FOR YOU.
Please follow a clear liquid diet the entire day before your exam. Clear liquids include:
- Clear juices without pulp (apple, white grape, lemonade, white cranberry)
- Clear broth or bouillon
- Coffee or tea (without milk or non dairy creamer)
- All of the following that are NOT RED OR PURPLE:
- Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks (Sprite, 7-Up, ginger ale)
- Plain Jell-O (without added fruit or toppings)
- Ice popsicles
Throughout the day, please make sure you drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Take four Dulcolax pills with water.
You will then mix a bottle of Miralax powder with 64 oz. of Gatorade, PowerAde, or Propel (avoid the color red.) Drink one dose (32 oz.) the evening before your procedure.
DAY OF THE PROCEDURE:
Continue to follow a clear liquid diet. You may resume a normal diet AFTER your exam.
4 hours before your procedure start time you will drink a second dose of the Miralax mixture (32 oz.).
Bring a list of all your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements –including frequency and dosage — with you to your appointment.
Important: Please bring your physician’s prescription and referral with you for the exam. If you have any questions about your exam, please call 609.921.3345.
- If you are a diabetic and require insulin, please contact your doctor before starting the preparation.
- If you have an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as Chron’s disease, regional enteritis or ulcerative colitis, you may want to discuss this preparation with your physician.
- If you have previously had an adverse response to any of the laxatives used in this preparation, please consult your physician for substitute laxative choices.
- If you suffer from severe or chronic diarrhea, you may want to discuss this preparation with your physician.
- This barium enema preparation is to be used by the “average individual”. If you have any doubts or concerns about your preparation, please do not hesitate to discuss them with your own physician.
X-ray and Contrast study Locations
This exam is available at the following locations:
The following exams require no advanced preparation:
- General X-ray
Small Bowel/Small Intestine Exam