Cheshire Gut and Liver Clinic

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Barium meal, follow-through or enema

A barium study (meal, follow-through or enema) is used to look for problems in the gastro-intestinal tract such as polyps, inflammation, narrowing of the oesophagus or colon, tumours, diverticula, etc.

The gastro-intestinal tract does not show up very well on ordinary x-ray pictures. However, if a liquid that contains barium is placed in the gut, the outline of the gut (intestines) shows up clearly on x-ray pictures. This is because x-rays do not pass through barium. A thick white liquid that contains barium is used as an enema to place in the lower gut (colon). Barium liquid can also be taken as a drink and is used to obtain clear x-ray pictures of the upper gut - the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine.

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