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A barium enema is an x-ray exam of your rectum and colon. This test helps your doctor detect problems such as blockages, tumors, polyps, or other disorders.
Switch to a liquid diet 2 days before your exam.
Do not eat or drink 8 hours before your exam.
Use a suppository, laxative, or enema if you have been instructed to do so.
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Any previous surgery
Medications you take
If you're pregnant or think you may be
A tube is inserted into your rectum.
Your colon is filled with barium (a liquid that improves the X-ray images).
You will be asked to move into different positions and hold your breath while x-rays are taken.
Pressure may be applied to your belly to get the best images.
The last X-ray will be taken after you go to the bathroom.
Drink plenty of water to relieve constipation you may have after the test.
Your stool may appear white or light for a day or two.
Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone.
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