Test Preparation

Fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray that allows images of your tissues and organs to be seen in real-time. The images appear on a screen, much like an ultrasound. Fluoroscopies are often used to examine the digestive system with a barium enema. A barium enema is a contrast material used to create clearer images of your digestive system.

Before the Test: Prior to the test, you will receive specific instructions and/or medicine to help cleanse your colon. Inform your physician if you are allergic to barium or latex.

During the Test: When you arrive for your test, you will be asked to remove your clothing and put on a gown. The radiologist performing the examination will begin by inserting barium into a tube that is inserted into your rectum. As the barium fills your colon, air will also be injected slowly to inflate it. Images of your colon will be taken during this time. Once the images are taken, the rectal tube is removed and you are able to expel the barium in the washroom. Additional images may be required afterwards. The testing can take  around 30 minutes.

After the Test: You may experience fatigue after the test and will be required to arrange for transportation to or from the examination. Drink extra fluids after the test to avoid dehydration.

What to Bring: To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition.

The GI prep should follow the Barium Enema Prep.  There is no prep for a Small Bowel Exam.