What Is The Difference Between A Barium Enema And A Defecogram?


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ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
Barium Enema is the visualization of colon and rectum by x-rays through the use of barium. As x-rays pass through the soft tissues, a contrast agent like barium which can absorb x-rays is placed in rectum. This test is performed to know about the colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. TheDefecogram is a radiological procedure in which x-rays films are taken during defecation. It is use to diagnose rectal prolapse, vaginal prolapse and rectocele. In this test the contrast is taken orally.
carol ammirata Profile
carol ammirata answered
Is there any other test out there to see if I have intussusception other then a defecogram.....how embarrassing it will be for me to try to deffecate with people watching....help
thanked the writer.
Meta Forrest
Meta Forrest commented
Don't worry you will not be expected to do this with people watching . You will be able to do it in private.
carol ammirata
carol ammirata commented
So there is no better test then
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Your almost correct.  With a Ba enema the contrast is all liquid and is injected retrograde.  In a Defecogram there is contrast drank 2 hours prior to the exam but there is also some Barium mixed with Oatmeal and injected rectally along with some liquid barium.  The patient is then as on a makeshift toilet and the defecation process is observed and filmed on a digital system.

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