Small bowel enema
Barium sulphate is a liquid, which is opaque to x-rays and, therefore, shows up on film.
In this examination it is administered through a tube to outline the small bowel.
A laxative solution (1 sachet of Picolax) is given to clear out the bowel and a restricted diet is followed.
Boiled or mashed potatoes or rice
Fruit flavoured jelly
You will be asked to eat or drink nothing for 6 hours prior to the time of the examination. You may take your usual medication.
A soft, plastic tube is passed in through the nose and down the throat into the stomach and into the small bowel. A local anaesthetic spray into the nose or throat may allow a smooth and more comfortable passage of the tube.
Barium liquid is then put down the tube and a series of x-rays is taken. Sometimes the barium is slow to pass into the small bowel and the procedure may take up to one hour.
After the Test
The radiologist can review the films and send a report to your doctor.
If a local anaesthetic spray has been used, you should not eat or drink for two hours after the x-ray.
A laxative is given following the procedure to allow the barium to be
passed out of the bowel more easily, and your bowel motions will be white
for the next few days.