Barium Enema

What is Lower GI Fluoroscopy?

Lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract radiography, also called a lower GI or barium enema, is an x-ray examination of the large intestine, also known as the colon. This examination evaluates the right or ascending colon, the transverse colon, the left or descending colon, the sigmoid colon and the rectum. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included.

Why should one do the Lower GI Fluoroscopy?

The procedure is frequently performed to help diagnose symptoms such as:

  1. chronic diarrhea
  2. blood in stools
  3. constipation
  4. irritable bowel syndrome
  5. unexplained weight loss
  6. a change in bowel habits
  7. suspected blood loss

Is there radiation involved in Fluoroscopy?

Yes. Same as X-Ray, Fluoroscopy is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

How do I prepare?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

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