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Barium meal follow through

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 To perform a study of the small bowel. You will be asked to drink a quantity of barium sufficient to image your entire small bowel.

Preparation/instructions

If you are a woman of childbearing age and there is a chance that you may be pregnant, please consult your physician before scheduling this exam.

Medications can be taken prior to your test. Pills should be taken early in the morning, with just a small amount of water. If you take insulin, you must consult with your doctor about adjusting your dose. You should not take insulin if you are fasting for your exam. However, you should bring your insulin with you so you can take it after the exam. Also, when making an appointment, tell the scheduler if you are diabetic. Request an appointment time early in the day.

The presence of food or fluid materials would interfere with the accuracy of the examination. It is therefore necessary to avoid all intake of food or liquid from the hour of 9:00 p.m. of the day preceding your appointment.

Patients less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. Be sure that your doctor's office has sent an x-ray request to us or that you bring one with you.

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The procedure

You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.

The examination will be tailored to the symptoms that you are experiencing. The test may include the study of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. You will be asked to drink at least two cups of barium suspension. Fluoroscopic images will be obtained by the radiologist.

X-ray films of the abdomen will be taken at 15-30 minute intervals to study the progress of barium through the small bowel. It may take as little as one hour or as long as four hours for the whole of the small bowel to be shown in this way. It is not possible to predict exactly how long the examination will take--it's different for each patient.

You may observe other patients who have arrived after you, completing their examinations and leaving the department while yours is still in progress. While this may be disconcerting, please understand that there is no way of shortening the time of your own examination without compromising its quality or accuracy.

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After Care   

Resume your normal diet. Increase your fluid intake and drink plenty of water. For most patients with normal bowel habits the passage of barium in the form of "white stools" will not be a problem. Patients with a history of constipation may use a mild laxative.

The radiologist's report of the results will be ready within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

 

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