double-contrast barium enema

A procedure in which x-rays of the colon and rectum are taken after a liquid containing barium 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 put into the rectum and colon to further enhance the x-ray.

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  • Double-contrast barium enema — A double contrast barium enema is a procedure in which x rays of the colon and rectum are taken after a liquid containing barium is put into the rectum. Barium is a silver white metallic compound that outlines the colon and rectum on an x ray and …   Wikipedia

  • Barium enema — A series of x rays of the lower intestine (colon) and rectum that are taken after the patient is given an enema with a white, chalky solution that contains barium. The barium outlines the intestines on the x rays. These x rays permit the… …   Medical dictionary

  • barium enema — a technique for examination of the large bowel. A tube is inserted into the rectum through the anus, and barium sulphate is run into the bowel to the caecum. For double contrast, gas is then pumped through the tube to distend the colon. A series… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • double contrast — a technique usually used in X ray examinations of the bowel. Barium sulphate contrast medium is used to coat the bowel wall. The bowel is then distended with gas. The X ray images obtained give exquisite detail of the lining of the gut. See also… …   Medical dictionary

  • double contrast — a technique usually used in X ray examinations of the bowel. Barium sulphate contrast medium is used to coat the bowel wall. The bowel is then distended with gas. The X ray images obtained give exquisite detail of the lining of the gut. See also …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • double contrast enema — noun : barium enema …   Useful english dictionary

  • double-contrast enema — injection and evacuation of a suspension of barium, followed by inflation of the intestines with air under light pressure; used in mucosal relief radiography …   Medical dictionary

  • Barium swallow — Diagnostics ICD 9 CM 87.61 …   Wikipedia

  • contrast medium — n a substance (as a solution of iodine or suspension of barium sulfate) comparatively opaque to X rays that is introduced into the body (as by injection or swallowing) to contrast an internal part (as the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or blood …   Medical dictionary

  • contrast medium — contrast agent a substance administered to enhance the visibility of structures (i.e. increase the contrast) during imaging. In radiography a positive contrast agent (e.g. barium sulphate or a water soluble iodine containing compound) increases… …   The new mediacal dictionary


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