Barium enema is a diagnostic procedure used to obtain a clear image of the colon. Since x-rays are not able to penetrate through liquid barium metal, it is used as a chalk lining to obtain a clear image of the colon. Liquid barium metal is prepared in a thick viscous form and introduced into the body through the process of enema. On spreading far and wide over the crevices and folds of the colon, through movements and medication, x-rays are then taken of the colon. In the presence of the liquid barium, the x-ray shows a clear outline of the colon, which helps to identify any suspected diseases.
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A barium enema is a short procedure lasting between twenty minutes to half an hour and requires simple preparation. Since the procedure involves the introduction of foreign substances into the body, a certain degree of risks are involved, which one should be aware of before taking on the procedure. Additionally, the use of multiple x-rays exposes the patient to an amount of radiations, which might be harmful depending on the patient’s past exposure to radiations.
Following are the risks that one might be susceptible to when undergoing the barium enema procedure:
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Barium enema is a fairly simple diagnostic procedure adopted to check for diseases in the colon area, however, with the above mentioned risks involved, one should clear all possibilities with the physician before going in for the procedure.
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