This modality uses special X-ray equipment and an injection of a contrast medium after liquid is consumed to produce detailed images of the small intestine and structures within the abdomen and pelvis. It is often used to identify and locate problems within the bowel, such as:
Tell your physician
- if you may be pregnant
- of any recent illnesses
- any medical conditions you may have
- any medications you are taking
- any known allergies
You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a few hours prior to your exam. If you have a known allergy to a contrast medium your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. These medications must be taken 12 hours prior to your exam.