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SMALL BOWEL EXAM

Introduction:

A small bowel exam focuses on that portion of the bowel between the stomach and colon. It is useful in detecting such disorders as obstruction, masses, motility dysfunction and inflammatory bowel disease.

Preparation:

-After midnight on the day preceding your x-ray, do not eat any food. Clear liquids may be ingested up to two hours prior to the exam if only a small bowel exam is performed.
-Please take your normal prescribed medications.
-On the day of your exam, please go directly to the 3310 Richmond location. Please be sure to bring the signed order from your physician requesting the examination, and your insurance cards as well.


Your Radiology Examination:

-An x-ray of your abdomen will be initially obtained.
-You will be asked to sign an informed consent form.
-ou will be given a barium liquid to drink. This flavored liquid shows clearly on an x-ray, making it possible to deliver an accurate diagnosis.
-Additional x-rays will be taken as the barium liquid travels through the small intestine. Once barium reaches the colon, the radiologist will exam your small bowel with the fluoroscope, often using gentle compression of your abdomen. This examination takes an average of 2 hours.

The radiologist will send a report to your doctor.