A barium enema, or lower gastrointestinal (GI) examination, is an Reference X-ray Opens New Window examination of the Reference large intestine Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window (colon and rectum).
The results of a barium enema are usually available immediately after the test or within a few days.
One or more problems in the colon are detected, such as:
Many conditions can change barium enema test results. Your doctor will discuss any significant abnormal results with you in relation to your symptoms and past health.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology