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Air-Contrast Barium Enema

Air-Contrast Barium Enema

Image of diverticulosis

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

In an air-contrast study, the colon is first filled with barium and then the barium is drained, leaving only a thin layer of barium on the wall of the colon. The colon is then filled with air. This barium enema image shows pouches (called diverticula) in the wall of the colon.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Last Revised April 25, 2011

Last Revised: April 25, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

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