Double-contrast barium enema

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Double-contrast barium enema
Medical diagnostics
Human intestinal tract, as imaged via double-contrast barium enema.jpg
Human intestinal tract, as imaged via double-contrast barium enema
Purposeradiography which uses 2 forms of contrast for better image

A double-contrast barium enema is a form of contrast radiography in which x-rays of the colon and rectum are taken using two forms of contrast to make the structures easier to see.[1] A liquid containing barium (that is, a radiocontrast agent) is put into the rectum. Barium is a silver-white metallic compound that outlines the colon and rectum on an x-ray and helps show abnormalities. Air is also put into the rectum and colon to further enhance the x-ray.

Double-contrast barium enemas are less invasive than a colonoscopy and have comparatively fewer issues in a viable large bowel.[2]

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  1. ^ Cittadini, Giorgio (2012). Double contrast barium enema: The Genoa approach. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 5. ISBN 9788847022171.
  2. ^ Stringer, David A.; Babyn, Paul S. (2000). Pediatric Gastrointestinal Imaging and Intervention. PMPH-USA. p. 38. ISBN 9781550090796.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".