Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Double-contrast Barium Enema

Last Updated on Mar 08, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I visit to get a double-contrast barium enema done?

You should visit your health care provider if you are interested in getting a Double-contrast barium enema done. He will refer you to a radiological center that carries out this test.

2. What is the difference between single contrast and double-contrast barium enema?

Single contrast barium enema is a procedure where only a barium enema is administered to the patient and the images thus obtained studied. In double-contrast barium enema, following the barium enema, air is introduced through the anus. This causes the barium to coat the lining of the colon in a single layer and allows better visualization of any abnormalities in the wall of the colon.

3. How long will the procedure take?

It may take from 1 to 2 hours to do the procedure.

4. Is the procedure likely to cause pain?

The procedure is not painful but may cause some degree of discomfort You will have a digital rectal examination followed by insertion of a soft tube in your rectum.

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